Oxymat A/S has donated an oxygen generator to TUMBI regional referral hospital in Kibaha, which is a public hospital and acts as the regional referral of the Coastal region of Tanzania.

Oxymat is making a Christmas donation each year to a selected hospital in developing countries. The main objective of this type of donation is to help hospitals to produce their own affordable medical oxygen on-site.

“Helping those in need is a tradition within Oxymat, being a family business, it’s something we’ve been doing from the beginning,” said Jesper Sjorgen, CEO and owner of Oxymat A/S. “I’ve been to Africa several times, and the need of medical oxygen there is great”.

In 2015, Oxymat A/S donated an oxygen generator in cooperation with local partner, Pulse Healthcare Limited. Oxymat is thankful to its local partners Pulse Healthcare Limited and Kampa Health Products, Tanzania, for their support in choosing the hospital.

The reasons for choosing TUMBI hospital in the Kibaha region, is due to its location near the highway to inland Tanzania, where sadly many accidents occur.

Mahesh Madyagol, International Sales Manager at Oxymat explains, “with Oxymat’s oxygen generator the hospitals are no longer dependent on external oxygen deliveries, since the oxygen is then produced on-site, where hospitals also have their own oxygen filling station (OFS) to fill high pressure oxygen cylinders for backup.”

According to Philip Wandibba, Managing Director at Pulse Healthcare Limited, “access to medical oxygen in East Africa is erratic and expensive, particularly in rural hospitals. Many hospitals frequently exhaust their oxygen supply due to lack of funds and difficulties in transporting the oxygen from plants. Tanzania is no stranger to this situation. Sadly, medical oxygen is in most cases lacking in adequate amounts, leading to unnecessary loss of life. The hospital purely depends on oxygen sourced from external gas suppliers. The irregular supply due to unpaid bills, logistical challenges and unreliability in supply, means that many patients remain vulnerable in the event of no oxygen. Enabling the hospital to have its own supply of oxygen will greatly alleviate the current situation and improve service in healthcare delivery to many people.”