“It is sad that some people are confusing Malawians by telling them that Covid 19 is not in existence in the country”, said when he toured Chiradzulu District Council to appreciate the state of preparedness of the council on Coronavirus.
He said government exists to save people’s lives and President Mutharika’s government is doing all it can to make sure that Coronavirus is contained.
“Let’s appreciate efforts of government and health personnel in tracing, tracking and testing people with symptoms of the virus”, Banda added.
However the Education minister was impressed with the level of preparedness of Chiradzulu district council despite not registering any case.
Chiradzulu district is one of the risk districts to Coronavirus due to the fact that it boarders Blantyre which has confirmed cases and the district council has stepped up its efforts by putting in place measures that accommodate all its partners from political leadership and the council’s secretariat.
“We have put in place governance measures for presence and oversight structure at the council including District Executive Committee, full council on Covid 19, health and environment Committees”, said Reinghard Chavula who is Chiradzulu District Commissioner.
She added that the Council has also formulated by-laws to work against Covid 19, engaged the community, market committees, and procured personal protective equipments and has conducted interviews for health care workers as a way of preparing for the pandemic.
As of the implementation status, Chiradzulu District Hospital has established Quarantine unit, erected tents for screening every person entering the facility using its 14 Thermo Scanners. President Arthur Peter Mutharika emphasized that his government will now focus on tracing, testing and treatment of those found with the virus.
Malawi has so far tested over 700 people, 36 have tested positive, 3 died and 5 people recovered, while globally Covid 19 has affected over 3 million people with over 200, 000 deaths.