Blantyre DHO threatens to name and shame Covidiots

Blantyre District Director of Health and Social Services, Dr. Gift Kawalazira has threatened to reveal personal identities of the six coronavirus (Covid-19) suspects that absconded institutional quarantine at Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN), Kameza Campus on Tuesday.

DHO’s director of health and social services Dr Gift Kawalazira says he will publicise names 

Kawalazira told reporters on Wednesday that if tracing of the suspects proves futile, he will have no other option but to make their particulars known to public to avoid further spread of the disease.

The suspects were among 441 Malawians that came from South Africa early this week and escaped on their first night at the isolation facility.

“If the worse comes to the worst, then we will publicise their names so that they are easily traced. Five of the six tested positive to the disease and there are fears they might infect others.

“Initially, there were eight of them that absconded but two returned the following morning, claiming that they had gone to buy some food and had no intention of running away,” he said.

Meanwhile, the isolation institution has two policemen in order to tighten security as well as avoid quarantine abscondment in future.

In a related development, Kawalazira confirmed that other South Africa returnees have also run away from Kamuzu Stadium where they were being kept awaiting Covid-19 test results.

“Living conditions at the stadium were poor and there were young children and pregnant mothers who could not sleep on the pitch like that with the cold weather condition the country is experiencing.

“However, the good thing is that we have all their details and their destinations. So, when the results come out, we shall communicate to them through their local district health offices,” Kawalazira said.

So far, the district has 25 cumulative cases, of which, six are imported, 12 recoveries and active cases respectively and one fatality.

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2 years ago

By all means name and shame them and in the process shame yourselves. How can you confine returnees in the middle of the city without toilet facilities and very close to a busy shopping centre like ShopRite? Is this DPP’s strategy to ensure the virus spreads quickly to suit their diabolic plans to stop fresh election?

2 years ago

Dpp use covid 19 fund for campaign, that’s why they just through them at Kamuzu stadium

2 years ago
Reply to  Moya

Please tell me where they could put them . Its selfish of the people who went to SA and expect the government to bring them back.they should be greatful the where even given free transport . Western countries or even Nigeria you contribute to your repatriation

Richard Steel
Richard Steel
2 years ago
Reply to  Charity

I doubt if you have correct details. The people paid their own money for transport and other logistics on their way home. The government only assisted in getting permits to have them pass through Zimbabwe and Mozambique – of course permits to have RSA, Zim and Moz to open borders for them. Why could the government not keep them in at least one f the secondary schools, to say the least? Why on a football pitch? Why keep them without food, water, and working toilets? I think, yes, it is unfortunate they left the stadium, but the government could do… Read more »

Malawi belong to the citizens

Amene mukuyendetsa Za coronavirus kumalawi ndi anthu wosaganiza kwambiri.Bwanji simunawayikire asilikali adziwalondera,Mwavulalitsa amalawi wosalakwa.kodi ndichifukwa Chiyani mumalephera ku tchula mayina, anthu woyipa kwabasi inu,athawawo afalitsa Kwa abale awo,manebazi awokomanso amalawi omwe angakumanenawo.Dpp government is really useless.

2 years ago

do that and be ready for court!! first of all stop doctoring covid19 numbers with politicians this would have been an easy exercise

Kalulu Wadwala
2 years ago

Waste of time

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