Malawi Asian business community to provide fully functioning Covid-19 isolation solutions in Blantyre, Zomba

The Asian Business Community (ABC) coronavirus  (Covid-19) task force is set to provide fully functioning  quarantine solutions in Blantyre and Zomba cities.

Faizal Aboo: Locations and facilities in Blantyre and Zomba have already been identified as isolation and quarantine centres

A statement from ABC Covid-19 task force chairperson Faizal Aboo said the isolation and quarantine facilities will be fully equipped by ABC and will be handed over to the Ministry of Health to operate.

The statement seen by Nyasa Times says locations and facilities in Blantyre and Zomba have already been identified as isolation and quarantine centres in full coordination with the Blantyre District Health Office (DHO) and that ventilators, personal protective equipments, medication have been procured for the medical personnel which the community will meet its costs.

“The establishment and equipping of the isolation and quarantine  centres for the Ministry of Health, are fully funded by well-wishers from the Malawian Asian Community.

“These funds were raised within 72 hours of the budget being received. Within receiving a request for PPE from the Blantyre DHO, the ABC  provided 100 sets within 24 hours.”

So far, ABC’s Covid-19 Task Force, which was created on March 26, 2020 in response to the global pandemic and has a force of over 40 volunteers of sub committees, also donated an ambulance to Blantyre DHO to assist in their testing and response.

It has distributed 200 000 leaflets that have been printed under the “Do The Five” nationwide campaign.

They have also elected billboards which have same messages of the leaflets that encourage people to observe regular hand washing, social distancing, avoiding handshakes, observing self-quarantine rules  and to avoid overcrowded places.

Last week, the ABC of Blantyre, Limbe and Zomba rolled out a partial lockdown of 14 days that was effected from midnight of Thursday, April 9 for a period of 14 days, ending April 23.

After extensive discussions and deliberations with business captains, ABC says it is evident that the Asian Business Community is a critical component for the survival of major industries in the country.

The final decision was made to set up deliberate efforts to mitigate the financial loss to the value chain of businesses and the national economy due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The conditions set for the lockdown under effect include asking everyone over the age of 53 years to stay within the confines of their home; that all domestic staff over the age of 53 to be given a paid 14 days leave and that all those with existing underlying health conditions to stay within the confines of their home.

The womenfolk (if not main breadwinners) and children are to remain within the confines of their home, except in the case of emergencies and only the bread winner of the family may leave the house to go to work between 6am till 7pm.

Non-breadwinners may only go out to get medical supplies, food and essential household items and that restaurants must operate on a delivery or take out basis.

The Community also asks that no one should leave their home after 8pm till 6am unless in an emergency and based on clear Government of Malawi directives, all places of social gatherings  must be closed and restaurants will only offer take away services till 8pm.

The taskforce also restricted its members not to undertake non-essential travel.

The Community strongly warns that any member found violating this partial lockdown without a valid reason, strict action by community elders will be taken against them including a penalty of K500 000.

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John
John
10 months ago

It’s a collective effort
All Asians need to be commended for this noble cause and I hope fellow Malawians appreciate this kind gesture.
Let’s unite to overcome this pandemic.

john phiri
john phiri
10 months ago

good job faizal

John
John
10 months ago
Reply to  john phiri

It’s a community effort with many others volunteering
Irrespective
Hope fellow Malawians appreciate the efforts and may we overcome this pandemic

In Darkness Democracy Dies
In Darkness Democracy Dies
10 months ago

These Indians are only trying to get back to normal trading as quickly as possible So that they continue to exploit us Malawians. They have no feelings or sympathy for Malawians. These are slave drivers. My father worked for an Indian family since he was only 6 years old. When my father fall ill they sacked him without any compensation though he had worked for the Indian family for 40 years. When he worked for the Indian he hardly paid wages but sold him his clothes. These Indians want Malawi to be their printing plant for dollars and pounds to… Read more »

Gogoda
Gogoda
10 months ago

it’s very true. For ex: look at Bakhresa Malawi Limited. The stupid asian management exploits malawian staff always and favours their asian employees. when it comes to helping an malawian worker/staff they refer to so many terms and conditions but where as it is for asian’s they adopt thier own conviient rules. The same stupid asian management is well versed with dirty politics within and shows favrotism of religion, caste skin and color.

Robateu
Robateu
10 months ago

This is a great development, lets see the Chinese community who are butchering our black friends in their shit hole country!!!!

Word
Word
10 months ago

Mr Faizal Aboo . Please kindly also utilize all the woman that have graduated with tailoring degrees through AQSA at subsidized price of production to make masks . So every 10 masks they should be paid for e.g MK 100 for arguments sake and supply them with all the materials. Hand the masks out for free to the general public. This is a win win as all the ladies who have graduated with the Tailoring machines will have an incentive to use the machines and hone in their skills they have learnt and will expose the amount of woman that… Read more »

john
john
10 months ago
Reply to  Word

Thank you Mr Faizal,for your great idea in malawi we have alot of qualified tailers but they dont have anything to do,lets join together to fight this CVD-19

Concerned citizen
Concerned citizen
10 months ago

Thank you Asian Community for your never ending support! We appreciate everything you are doing for us.

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