By Chansa Mayani -Konkola Copper Mines -KCM- has started supplying oxygen to Government-run hospitals and health facilities on the Copperbelt as part of the concerted efforts in the fight against Covid-19.
The Company’s subsidiary, KCM SmelterCo Limited, is supplying the oxygen from its 750 tonnes per day Oxygen Plant at the Nchanga Smelter.
This follows successful meetings with officials from the Ministry of Health, who also conducted on the spot checks at the Oxygen plant and were satisfied with the quality of the oxygen available and the process of filling cylinders at the plant.
KCM Chief Executive Officer CHRISTOPHER SHEPPARD says the Company filled 20 oxygen cylinders for the Ronald Ross Hospital of Mufulira on July 26, 2021.
The KCM SmelterCo has capacity to fill up to 200 oxygen cylinders in a day.
Mr. SHEPPARD has further called on other organisations to join in the efforts to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic by donating medical oxygen cylinders to the Government in order to boost oxygen supply to the health facilities.
KCM and the Ministry of Health have agreed on a roadmap for delivering the oxygen to public hospitals, which will culminate into the signing of an agreement for long-term oxygen supply to enable the country effectively deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is according to a statement released to ZNBC News in Kitwe by KCM General Manager Corporate Affairs SHAPI SHACHINDA.