Chakwera calls on Malawi govt to mitigate Covid-19 impact:  ‘Dispatch testing kits to district hospitals’

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has accused the government of failing to dispatch 20 000 coronavirus  (Covid-19) testing kits to district hospitals, saying this is a great set back in the prevention war against the outbreak that has ground the global economy at standstill.

Chakwera: The government need to tell poor Malawians how it will support citizens with essential needs during the lockdown.

In his special address to the nation televised on Wednesday evening, Chakwera said he has visited a few health facilities to see if they are ready for such an outbreak, and the sad truth is that the health facilities are not ready.

He said although President Peter Mutharika has declared a state of disaster to prevent the spread of coronavirus, his government has done very little to prepare health facilities to conduct tests and to prevent transmissions.

“I have also learned with alarm that our borders continue to be crossed by people from corona-stricken countries without being tested.

“In fact, ever since the declaration of disaster and the setting up of three testing centres in the country, the health authorities have conducted less than 100 lab tests,” said Chakwera.

He pointed out that government received 20 000 test kits from China, where the disease is suspected to have originated from, but conveniently neglected to provide storage rooms for the tests at district level.

“These lapses mean that as a country, we are hoping for the best, that this virus will not cross our borders, but we are ill-prepared for the worst,” said Chakwera.

But ministry of Health spokesperson Joshua Malango said the testing kits from China are not compatible with laboratories in district hospitals.

He said the testing kits would be placed in three major centres of Lilongwe and Blantyre where they are compatible.

Chakwera has since called on government to treat Covid-19 as the crisis it is and avert a potential outbreak, urging it to work out a social protection package to protect the poor from impact of the pandemic.

Commentator have also backed on government putting social protection measures to help the people such as subsidising transport operators to ensure they do not skin alive passengers.

As part of physical distancing measures, passenger service vehicles such as minibuses   has reduced the seating capacity but has doubled the bus fares.

The reaction from Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communication Technology Mark Botomani that those feeling the pinch on the measures should “walk or buy bicycles” has been condemned as unfortunate remarks and insensitive to the poor.

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Canton
Canton
7 months ago

This is sense.kuwina ndeu nkuyambilira kuponya zibakera.The president need to act fast not waiting for a stupid advisor to tell him bwana tiyeni tigawe katunduyi.

Phiri
Phiri
7 months ago

Chakwera should shut his bloody mouth.

Zongendaba kingdom
Zongendaba kingdom
7 months ago

Reverand kamlomo kuzalangiza boma lomwe he doesn’t recognise. Covid19 siyopangila campaign akulu

Amuna Kudambo
Amuna Kudambo
7 months ago

This explains why we haven’t registered any case. Only less than 100 tests so far, really? We are able to hire lawyers from South Africa for half a billion to keep Peter Mutharika in power but we can’t spend that amount to procure testing facilities, we are even not asking for assistance from external governments.

Chakwera has a point, we needed every district hospital to be able to test for the virus. So not even Mzuzu can test! Cry my beloved country!

Canton
Canton
7 months ago
Reply to  Amuna Kudambo

Amuna kudambo you are right.Abwanawa kuwauza zakuba amachita mwachangu zaumoyo wathu amasiza

Thats Me
Thats Me
7 months ago

Chakwera is right. People still converge at trading centers and they know very little about corona virus. The government should consider setting up places where the poor can wash their hands with soap. We can use teachers to carry out this initiative because they are on holiday.

Yohane
Yohane
7 months ago

Necessary evil. why should they test open your eyes people. When you start those tests you will cry. Why do you want to destroy pple bcoz of politics? stop this.

Yohane
Yohane
7 months ago
Reply to  Yohane

Everyone is fine why shd they test? Have you heard of UK infected kits?

Tito
Tito
7 months ago
Reply to  Yohane

Where in UK have they got infected kits?

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