In a statement released and signed by Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology, Mark Botomani, Government through Ministerial Committee chaired by the Ministry of Health, has been orienting health workers and journalists in the management of COVID-19 to ensure effective preventive and treatment strategies are developed and disseminated.
The statement outlines that this week; there will be an orientation of traditional leaders, district commissioners and district health officers in the management of COVID-19 organized by the Malawi Government in conjunction with UNICEF.
The Ministry says it is inappropriate, therefore, for groups such as UTM and MCP to involve themselves in Coronavirus message development and dissemination without any orientation by the Ministry of Health.
The statement also pinpoints that incorrect information is a setback to the fight against Coronavirus. In addition, even correct information developed and disseminated wrongly, is a danger as well.
With this background, Government would like to ask UTM and MCP to cancel their Coronavirus sensitization tours and allow the Ministry of Health officials to take lead.
Government warns that UTM, MCP and indeed any other political party, must never use Coronavirus for political gains. People's lives are at risk and, for once, let parties leave politics aside and think Malawimfirst.
“The Government would like to urge all political parties in the country considering involving themselves in the fight against Covid-19 to contact the Ministry of Health for guidance.
“Government expects UTM, MCP and indeed any other party with similar ideas to adhere to this call by seeking guidance from Ministry of Health. Malawians are reminded that Covid-19 is a serious and devasting pandemic which has affected the whole world. The law enforcement agencies will, therefore, deal with anyone who will disregard the orders as outlined by His Excellency the State President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika in his national address on COVID-19 last week,” reads the statement in part.
Finally, Government expects that every Malawian will act responsibly in managing this pandemic even though the country has not yet registered any case.