Malawi acquires coronavirus testing equipment: Cabinet committee provides update

Malawi will drastically cut the time it takes to have results of coronavirus testing following the acquisition of its own testing equipment.

Cabinet committee on coronavirus chairperson Minister of Health Jappie Mhango: Provides update

Minister of Health Jappie Mhango says the medical equipment has been acquired with the help of World Health Organization.

“The equipment will help Malawi get results faster than is the case now when we get the results after 48 hours as the tests are done in South Africa,” he said.

He said the equipment will become operational next month after the training of personnel to run it.

This comes at a time when some Malawians say the government is not serious in coronavirus checks at airports.

One frustrated Malawian posted on his Facebook timeline: “The Coronavirus check at KIA is a pure joke. I walk in from a plane from S.A. there’s a form to fill and among the questions is _Have you been to China?_ I answer NO. Then there are questions about the symptoms if you have any. Apparently I have flu and I have been coughing so I answer yes to these questions.

“The guy administering this question paper tells me to tick NO since I haven’t been to China. I want to argue but he quickly ticks NO for me and urges me to proceed. That’s all.”

While another Malawian whose daughter was in China for studies says she has now completed her self quarantine having arrived from China two weeks ago.

Writing on his face book wall, Siku Nkhoma says the daughter arrived on February 15 and was told she had to self quarantine as they arrived at KIA.

He says on her flight there were three students returning home and one Chinese national.

“We went to pick her BUT she was so ahead with her disinfecting and prevention regime.

For two weeks she literally spent all the time in her room only coming out to pick the food we left on the door.

“She disinfected all the utensils and everything she touched and had her masks on and gloves for the whole two weeks. Our house smelt like a hospital ward. We told everyone not to come and see her as our home was under quarantine,” Nkhoma says.

He says around the time she got home several other students based in China (but outside of Wuhan / Huvei Province) came and were told to be in self quarantine but she said only student in Blantyre was following the rules.

But Minister Mhango said said Cabinet committee is “very  alert” on Coronavirus.

“We have maintained different precautionary measures such as screening coronavirus in all travellers arriving in the country through international airports, providing mechanism for laboratory confirmation of the virus in those suspected of the infecton, educating the masses of the disease and ensuring that hospitals have the capacity and drugs to manage coronavirus suspected patiens among others.

“The activities see to prevent coronavirus from being transmitted to Malawi and also  prepare the country to handle any case should a coronavirus case be diagnosed.

Minister Mhango reminded the public of the need to practice personal hygiene such as avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing hands frequently with soap to prevent infection.

Meanwhile, government is following up for 14 days travellers  from China, Italy, France, Germany, and South Korea  who were suspected of carrying coronavirus.

The Cabinet committee has since advised Malawians to avoid non-essential travel to affected  countries until the outbreak is controlled.

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4 years ago

Malawi as to do something on this virus, it should stop accepting travellers from Europe immediately. Prevention for a country like ours is very vital.

4 years ago

What mechanisms have you put in place when patient start testing positive???????.
1. Do you have enough resources?
2. Do you have the capability to control / contain the disease?
3. Have you trained health care workers on what procedures to follow once exposed?
4. Do you have enough manpower Nurses Doctors, Public Health care workers?
5. Do you have enough drugs, ventilators and expertise to treat corona virus
6. Do you have enough protective wear, such as gloves, gowns, masks for healthcare workers?

Ndatopa ndipatseni madzi ine!!!!!

4 years ago

Corona virus testing kits purchased from China itself. Hahahahaha

4 years ago

What do you expect? Everything about Malawi is a joke. Look at the illegal president, the stupid first lady, the stupid coronavirus commission which is composed of corrupt ministers. Nanji anthu a pa airport, they do not love our country. They don’t care who comes in the country as long as they get bribed. I pray the coronavirus should first attack those people working at the airport.

Malawi belong to the citizens

Remember the coronavirus is in South Africa right now kumwera Kwa Africa Kuno.Becareful , with such leaders osafunira amalawi zabwino Kaya.But don’t be punic.The virus is dangerous.No one should lie that the virus attacks only white people.Kunamiza anthu .The virus attacks human beings and other animals like bats.

4 years ago

HIV has killed many people, there is nothing we are doing as an affected country to come up with a cure or vaccine. ACQUIRE is all we know, DONATED — is what we are taught and we know even in our biomedical sciences.

Kalulu Wadwala
4 years ago

We will all die when it hits malawi..No civic education taking place instead busy advertising tenders for the construction of 2 stadiums for 2 silly teams . What wrong with Malawi? Are we cursed? The disease is 2 hours away. We don’t have the capacity . People busy stealing. People busy castigating. People busy demonstrating. Sad. It will kill us all including the equipment itself

4 years ago
Reply to  Kalulu Wadwala

My brother you are so right. People are focusing on all the wrong stuff whilst this thing slowly creeps up on us. Once in come, that’s it folks.

4 years ago

Booooma iloooooo. Chakwera kuti leeewuu dishaa walemba mmadzi. DPP all the way.

Original man
Original man
4 years ago

Inu, matendawa ndi a azungu zisatipatse busy izi. Azungu ananyanya kutinyoza anuthu akudafe kuti ndife anyani, timangoswana ngati zitete, ndiye Mukungu wakwiya nawo, akufuna kuwawonetsa ukulu wake. Amadalira ndalama koma their economies are melting like a heated ice cream.
Calm down my African brother and sister. This is not for you. It’s a plague to mzungu

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