HRDC slams Tonse on Covid-19 response

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC  has expressed disappointment with the Tonse government’s lacklustre response to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, saying the current  efforts are inadequate.

HRDC’s Luke Tembo: Government has  must have comprehensive plan

In a rather scathing statement issued on Sunday afternoon, HRDC argues that although the second wave of the pandemic is an emergency that needs all  hands at board, it would appear the government leadership seems to have gone on holiday at a time Malawians needed them most.

The statement, which has been signed by the coalition’s chairperson, Gift Trapence, and his national coordinator, Luke Tembo, says the save our souls (SOS) calls from the health workers on the frontline are depressing with the hospitals being stretched beyond their limits.

 

Trapence and Tembo say Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and Kamuzu Central Hospital, the situation is so dire with an ever-increasing death toll and incoming patient numbers.

 

“From information gathered from workers on the frontline:

  • There is an acute shortage of medical supplies to deal with the situation. One  COVID-19 patient needs about three cylinders of uninterrupted oxygen every  24hrs.
  • There is acute shortage of medical staff to support in the front line. About 8

medical workers have already died of COVID-19 in line of their duty and cumulatively about 700 are either infected or quarantined due to exposure. In short, the number of frontline workers is going down, as COVID-19 cases are on

the rise.

  • These ‘soldiers’ of ours that are risking their lives in the frontline need to be  motivated and adequately incentivised; they are giving their all to save as many lives as possible..

Trapence and Tembo further state that from the ongoing, HRDC recognises this to be a crisis of astronomical proportions and request that government directs resources towards fighting this pandemic, even if it means rerouting resources from other budget lines and/or ministries.

They have noted that the situation is so bad that the leadership vacuum vacated by those entrusted with leading the nation has been taken up by a number of patriotic

Malawians who are now mobilising resources to equip the heavily strained public hospitals.

“We take a moment to salute these sons and daughters of Malawi and everyone who has donated to this initiative and urge them on.

“Over and above, HRDC is deeply concerned and, at the same time, worried with Covid-19 developments mostly in the education sector, particularly, in the way we are handling issues involving students that have tested positive in different schools.

“As of today, hundreds of students—both in secondary and tertiary education—have tested positive yet the public is still in the dark with regards to specific measures and guidelines being pursued to meet the safety and health needs of these learners.”

Further, HRDC, said it has been flooded with concerns from weary parents and guardians who have not been furnished with information with regards to condition of their wards in the affected schools.

HRDC has since called upon the Tonse government to release a comprehensive plan on how it is holistically responding to  the crisis; to immediately release funds into the Covid-19 emergency fund and continuously account for the use of the funds.

The coalition has further asked the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 to immediately release a budget for critical response equipment and needs for all major hospitals and a time bound plan on how these will be provided and accounted for.

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Bakali1
Bakali1
1 month ago

Told you, Chilima is all talk talk talk. They is actually nothing he does, he is a poser. Since being given the job, what has he done? Except chair meetings in fancy rooms?

Nepotism
1 month ago
Reply to  Bakali1

Stupid

Kajaukila
1 month ago

These people have no moral grounds to be condemning government on the efforts it is doing to fight the pandemic. They obtained an injunction that restrained government to nip the virus in its bud. The order still stands to date.

Umboni wa Mwana
Umboni wa Mwana
1 month ago

These guys were betrayed by their previous boss. His idea to join politics left us suspicious whether the remaining will also follow their Boss.

Medsonchimudima3@gmail.com
1 month ago

Kkkkkk yataniso Tonse government Adadi anachoka

Rodrick Phiri
Rodrick Phiri
1 month ago

So HRDC is just pointing fingers at givernment without saying that they (HRDC) have done ABC. Hoe then do they expect this problem to be put under control if they choose just to be a refree?

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
1 month ago

Munauzana ndi lazalo.

Inuyo apart from these stupid meetings mwapangapo chani? May be ndiine mbuli interms of your responsibilites? Your jobs appears it only entails having meetings and organising demos

Malawi walero
Malawi walero
1 month ago

Ikamakhala DPP mkanamema anthu kuti tiyeni kunseu kokapanga mademo.
Pano mkudyera limodzi mwabwera yapa kuti mungotiphimba kumaso basi.
Zitsiru za gulu lanulo ndi Tonse government.
Munya muona simunati

Citizen
Citizen
1 month ago
Reply to  Malawi walero

Anyamata amenewa adagwira kale ntchito yabwino yochotsa a dad pa mpando. Pano apume Kaye.

Zio ine
Zio ine
1 month ago

I will only support this group if it talks tough about irregular recruitment in government. Zangazanga is creating positions in government just to accommodate party zealots and one clear example is Bendulo. The dude has no qualifications yet he was given the position of director.

guest
guest
1 month ago
Reply to  Zio ine

muli ndi vuto…mulira simunati, leave Bendulo alone………msanje…iwe umafuna alembe Mchacha???

Zio ine
Zio ine
1 month ago
Reply to  guest

You fool if benduli has the guts he should have gone through interviews with others I am sure the suse would have failed. Let him show his papers and compete with others. This stupid zangazanga will destroy the whole civil service

Yuo
Yuo
1 month ago
Reply to  guest

Mbuzi ya Bendulo.People have to progress within the civil service to reach there

Mpakateni
1 month ago
Reply to  Zio ine

Yet the same Government kicked out Seodi White who has a Bachelor’s degree in Law and a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from the University of Sussex. Compare her with Bendulo.

ZIOne izi
ZIOne izi
1 month ago
Reply to  Mpakateni

I will agree with you. Chikhosi will completely run down the whole civil service. You can imagine he is even promoting people who have less than six months to retire just because they are MCP supporters so that their take home is large when retiring. Chikhosi once hinted that Chakwera does not know how the civil service operates hence he is able to do whatever he wants even creating positions for party thugs like Bendulo. This is happening even the rasta attorney general is watching.

Gera
Gera
1 month ago
Reply to  ZIOne izi

And Bendulo funny enough I pa dating us whom he has met.Useless! He is acting like a minister.I don’t think he reports to any PS as a director

Esnarth Yaluwera
Esnarth Yaluwera
1 month ago

Za ziii HRDC how do you release this when you knew Lazalo was going to address his supporters. Kutinamiza basi we know you are in the same boat.

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