Kapito demands closure of Malawi markets to comply with Covid-19 measures
The country’s consumer rights activist, John Kapito has called on government to close high risks and overcrowded places such as markets as well as the country’s borders as one way of containing global pandemic, Coronavirus.
On Thursday, Malawi recorded its first three confirmed cases of the coronavirus. On Saturday, the number rose to four.
There are fears are that the virus might spread wide if no drastic measures are not taken to minimize social interaction among the citizenry.
In a statement issued on Monday, the Consumers Association of Malawi’s (Cama) executive director has demanded government to come up with a strong comprehensive program and set of activities that can be used to manage and contain this pandemic.
Kapito said government also needs to recruit more health workers and purchase more testing laboratories and equipment to support the depleted health infrastructure.
“Government needs to set up a comprehensive awareness and education campaign, encouraging people to stay home and a very comprehensive program on motoring and inspecting quarantined or self-isolated individuals,” said Kapito.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is here and we need as Malawians to wake up from our slumber and as earlier said we need strong political readership during this difficult and dangerous time.”
Kapito argued that Malawi needs drastic and comprehensive policies and actions to ensure that the disease is being contained, saying COVID -19 is real and must be combated with the seriousness it deserves in order to protect vulnerable Malawians from this pandemic.
“We have noted with concern that the Malawi Government is handling COVID-19 issue with kid gloves and there is no serious and comprehensive strong policy that is aimed at combating the COVID-19. Our health infrastructure is still weak and not capable to contain and manage COVID-19.
“Our borders are still open with poor technical capacity to test those that are coming in the country, the country does not have specific quarantine places for those people that can be found suffering from COVID-19, there is lack of awareness amongst Malawians on the dangers of this COVID-19 with no political leadership in most of the sectors on how the disease can be managed and contained.”
Kapito noted that Malawi does not have enough resources in terms of infrastructure and human capacity but believes that there are certain things that the country can do to protect vulnerable and innocent people from Covid-19.
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I sometimes ask myself when we Malawians talking of closing our Borders, which Borders are these? How are we going to do that? By putting Army soldiers? To do what? Locking the gates? How? I don’t know other Border gates of Malawi,but the Malawi and Tanzania,I know it Mchinji and Zambia, Dedza and Mozambique and again Mwanza and Mozambique as well, now if you know also these Borders,,may you please tell me how we can close these Gates. Because where I am if they mean to close, you will see that yes they have closed the gates but Malawi gates,,,… Read more »
If you want to contnue selling you will make money but unfortunately you will end up in hospital death bed.
Mr John Kapito closure of Markets is a good idea. But what plans have been put in place to make sure that those that get their bread and butter from the markets are supported. Mind you most us live by hand to mouth. Mutithandiza bwanji.?
You will all die for looking for money which at the end of the day is the same as dying of hunger. Malawi is ultra poor. Make your choice as to how to die.
Very correct my brother
Lock down is the way to go. By limiting the movement of people, reducing the rate of person to person contact will break the chain of transmission. Most countries in the SADC region have shut down boarders and have implemented country wide lock down in order to break the chain on local transmission. With the high population of our country, transmission of the disease can happen at a very fast rate because most places are already crowded, and social distancing will be very difficulty to implement. Lock down and tell people to stay at home for a certain number of… Read more »
There is no cure for covid19.
I am called Matovu Francis a Ugandan l have always visited Malawi on several occasions. I love your country so much. Please borrow a leaf from us in Uganda. I know the virus has just been discovered in Malawi not a while ago. If your Government had shut down all ports especially to people movement it would have been the best scenario. Anyhow the advantage of Lockdown works and it’s working for us. Stop public transport, close big gatherings such as night clubs, markets and Churches . Limit movements of people to within there viscinity and it will help you.… Read more »
ALIPO EH, MWAGULA KALE BONYA PANO MWATI MUTSEKELE ANZANU!!
shaaaa ku wakawaka ,Lizulu and nanjiri…goat meat