Atupele calls for decisive, coordinated leadership on Covid-19

Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi has called on president Lazarus Chakwera to be decisive in the fight against the raging Covid-19.

Atupele: Government  should revise its National Response Strategy

In a statement released on Saturday, Muluzi says the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has increased rapidly over the past few days and it constitutes the most urgent and serious challenge to both the health of our people and our national development.

“We have seen a total of 7,925 cases nationally which has led to 208 fatalities.  There are currently 1,705 patients being treated. We extend our deep sympathies to those who are suffering pain and under life threat of COVID-19. Our profound condolences to the families who have lost loved ones to the pandemic,” he says.

He says faced with this unprecedented situation, Malawi is now approaching the threshold set within the Governments National Contingency Plan for it to be termed a ‘significant outbreak’.

Muluzi, a former minister of health, therefore called on Government to make the required COVID-19 funds available during the budget review to help cover the increasing cost of managing the disease, including PPE’s for our health personnel and risk allowances.

“We call on Government to revise its National Response Strategy to consider increasing testing sites with testing kits across the country, enhanced public awareness, engagement, treatment and prevention to help in managing the pandemic,” he says.

He says gaps have been identified in existing strategy and this has been exacerbated by the new variant strain that appears to be more contagious, saying as a result the public is struggling to get tested, treatment centers are now stretched and we are witnessing both cases and deaths being underreported.

“Government needs to urgently review these issues and look at any necessary restrictions or direct interventions required to further address the spread of the disease,” he says.

He says if the COVID-19 outbreak cannot be effectively contained in a prompt manner, it would inflict even greater harm to the lives, safety and health of even more people, and exert a severe impact on the economic and social development of our country.

He encouraged the government to fully leverage the strength of our civil society organizations and volunteers with a view to unleashing the power of all social sectors to combat the pandemic.

“While government needs to devote its efforts towards pandemic control, there is a need to adopt an integrated approach to ensure economic and social development and honour government’s commitment to people’s living standards and social progress.

” This includes cushioning low-income urban dwellers from the economic effects of the pandemic” says Muluzi.

He says as the third largest political party represented in parliament, the UDF undertakes to maintain close monitoring of the unusual circumstances of pandemic outbreak, to ensure better performance of the government by providing the political guidance, checks and balance for the purpose of injecting political energy to the fight against the outbreak.

He says the UDF believes that the current difficulties are temporary, so long as there is a joint concerted effort to fight the pandemic together.

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Ndandala
Ndandala
6 months ago

Argue on facts not attacking on personality. Atupele has said it all. The leadership has to step up efforts during this trying moment. What we see in Chakwera now is disappointing and not giving confidence at all. This nation will be swallowed up in unprecedented levels of Covid if the situation is left unchecked by government. Surprisingly, the whole press conference by the president on covid 19 was about fasting for 21 days. He thinks he is in the church. Take note that prayer without work is to play.

George Kamanga
George Kamanga
6 months ago

I would like to ask Atupele Muluzi to join in promoting preventive measures against covid-19 mainly in Machinga and Mangochi. Being a Yao and Muslim the people of these two districts can get the message and put into practice.

George Kamanga
George Kamanga
6 months ago

covid-19 battle

Harry
Harry
6 months ago

Atupele has a point only that you are too much into politics than national building. Malawi can not proper when supporters of political parties condem those putting up constructive critisism against their leaders

Gerson
Gerson
6 months ago

Who is finished between atu and chilima who has failed to win a single parliamentarian sit while he’s in power? You olny hate atu because of his decent politics. People are deing each and everyday while Chakwera is dancing with maldona at the state house

Makayika
Makayika
6 months ago

Koma achipwadza nawo mtima….

Gamaliyele wa ku mwanza
Gamaliyele wa ku mwanza
6 months ago

Za inu tinayiwala useless person chikwangwani cha bambo ako pano unathelatu value even dpp will never use u again

Noxy
6 months ago

Well said Atupele

Kalulu Wadwala
Kalulu Wadwala
6 months ago

Baby alipo kkkkkk. Trying to be relevant after society expired his convoy ambitions. People want convention not covid. UDF needs new leadership.

Nyoni
Nyoni
6 months ago

Chakwera is clueless

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