Doctors say too early to ban handshake, gatherings in Malawi over coronavirus

Medical Society of Malawi president Amos Nyaka says it is too early for Malawi to ban public gatherings and handshake greetings in the wake of coronavirus that has hit South Africa and other countries.

Amos Nyaka, the society’s president,  (right) says too early to ban handshake in Malawi

Nyaka said this on Zodiak Broadcasting Station just a day after state vice president Saulos Chilima called for strict measures to prevent the disease saying people should do knee high or elbow to elbow greetings instead of handshake greetings.

But Nyaka said it is too early to put in place those measures.

“It is premature to start observing strict measures such as the ban of public gatherings. This disease is not yet here so no need to panic,” he said.

Chief director in the ministry of Health Charles Mwansambo said the current preventive measures are enough to deal with the situation as of now.

Mwansambo said there are 170 people in coronavirus quarantine whom he said are monitored by government health officials.

“The preventive measures are enough as of now. We have not yet reached where we can stop people from shaking hands,” he said.

This comes at a time when people are accusing the government of not doing enough to prevent the disease.

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Mbalame
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Mbalame

Malawian doctors! All the good ones left a long long time ago

mphwake wa macholowe
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mphwake wa macholowe

anthu enanu mumasangalatsidwa mukamatukwanidwa eti? afiti ,ana anjoka inu ,

Cairo
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Cairo

I am so ashamed on what these two medical doctors have so far said.Its really sad and most of all, pathetic without understanding how deadly the virus is. Its known across the world what this disease is causing in all sectors of the economy. And one stands out and say we should not put those handshakes into practice because its not yet registered here. What a shame? Or is it the reporter who did not record properly what these two doctors said? No, the reporter did his job correctly! I am very much ashamed by these two doctors, in fact,… Read more »

Precious Nthawi
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Precious Nthawi

It is never too late to prepare for what the WHO has declared as pandemic. Malawi is playing with fire. It is insanely DANGEROUS!!

Prophetess of Doom
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Prophetess of Doom

Am a Malawian living in a country locked down due to Coronavirus. Mr Doctor Sir, this is not phada, tidzayilira nthawi yoteleyi. This is a good time to sensitize preventive measures. Mukati too early ndekuti chani pamene people are still going out and coming in from the affected countries. People are dying including health professionals. This is as good as disaster preparedness, do you wait for the disaster to strike then start preparing. Adokotala inu mwandimvetsa chisoni nkaganiza m’mene other countries are struggling. We don’t have enough resources and you are talking like that. I love my country, if you… Read more »

Angoni apaphata
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Angoni apaphata

Koma pilizi…… Musadikire tiyike maliro…..

RECENTS
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What’s in a handshake? Come on!

KENT
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KENT

Dr Nyaka, whatever crap you are smoking is not doing you any good, drop it and flush it in the toilet, damn it!

Funny
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Funny

ndipo inu aaaaa. prevention is better than cure

Kevlan
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Kevlan

Disappointing

Opportunist
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Opportunist

I will never follow your advice doc.I get infected
and consequences alone