First Lady Monica Chakwera worried with Covid-19 surge in Malawi as China makes medical donations

First Lady Monica Chakwera has said she is saddened with rising numbers of people contracting Covid-19, the strands for coronavirus pandemic in the country.

First Lady Chakwera with Chinese envoy at Kamuzu Palace
First Lady Monica Chakwera worried with the spike of Covid-19 cases in the country
Madam Chakwera receives the donation from Liu Hongyang
Hailed the donations: Chiponda (L). Photos by Roy Nkosi, Mana

Madam Chakwera said there is great need for Malawians to take precaution measures; like washing hands, social distancing and face covering to prevent the spread of the contagion.

She was speaking at the presidential palace in Lilongwe when China presented a donation of medical materials to help Malawi in the fight against the virus pandemic.

The donation consisting of thermometers and face masks was presented at Kamuzu Palace on Tuesday through the First Lady.

The First Lady said she was “grateful” to China for the gesture which she said will go a long way in the fight against the pandemic.

She said the donation, which is targeting mothers, the youth and health workers, has come at a right time and appealed to the beneficiaries to use the materials for their intended purpose if the fight against the pandemic is to materialise.

Malawi is currently facing a surge in cases, partially because of the winter season, which health experts say provides fertile ground for the coronavirus.

The surge is also attributed to a failure to control crowds during recent election campaign rallies and a return of migrant workers from South Africa.

Malawi has confirmed close to 4 000 cases including almost 103 deaths. Officials say more than 700 of these cases have come from abroad, while 1,000 others have originated locally.

The country with a population of 18 million people has tested about 19,000 people in its 39 testing centres.

Chinese ambassador to Malawi, Liu Hongyang, said China has been closely following Covid-19 situation in Malawi hence the donation.

“We have been observing the situation in Malawi and decided to team up in the fight against the pandemic by donating the materials which will help mothers and youths play a role in the fight against the pandemic,” he said.

He said his government is considering more donation to Malawi Government to accelerate the fight against the pandemic.

Among others, Ambassador Liu said China is bringing to Malawi a team of medical experts that would team up with their Malawian counterparts to advance the fight against the pandemic.

Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda hailed the donation.

“The first stage in COVID-19 testing is screening hence the thermometers will go a long way in ensuring that screening is done at all levels whereas face masks are needed for prevention,” she said.

Earlier this year a Chinese citizen Jack Ma donated similar equipment to African countries including Malawi.

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2 years ago

Ayamba kusintha amai aja- sopo wa pa mpando wa u president. Congratulations. By the way, where is the minister of health. Family President indeed.

2 years ago

Is iur Minister of Health alive kapena angokhala a first lady?????

Malawi belong to the citizens

Becareful with china ndikukonda madonations, these Chinese they started the virus to kill more people.

2 years ago

Your husband and his partners said corona doesn’t exist

John Phiri
John Phiri
2 years ago

Indeed while the gesture is good the approach is wrong. China deliberately chose all First Ladies in Africa but its target are few. I know the Chinese there is something they are cooking up. Getrude became a Professor overnight without reading any book. They start like that. Amama anyaGondwe leave those things to line ministries. And please handle the Chinese and Nigerians at arms length. They enter a system or country like MATEKENYA.

2 years ago

Ambassador yo iyeyo ndiye kuphatikiza ma mask awiri atozidabwa kapena atowadabwa Amalawi 🇲🇼

2 years ago

Please before using the face mask make sure you wash it and sanitise when dry then you can wear it

President Chisokonezo
President Chisokonezo
2 years ago

We can not thank China. China is culprit in covid 19. Further it’s conduct left alot to desired

2 years ago

Why China? With all these stupid undurable substandard products on our Markets? Are we second class citizens of the World? Zinazi muzikana please. Show them we are principled. We do not need more mediocrity like DPP government. You know what this mediocrity means to your Tonse Alliance. We are no long fools of our desitiny.

2 years ago

Why worried now yet your husband was saying there is no corona in Malawi. Titha Chaka Chino It’s a lie there is no corona. Lero ndiizotu neaziona.
Good luck

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