Malawi doctors worry people harassment over Covid-19 misconception

Medics in the country are expressing concern over continued harassment of health workers due to misconception over Covid-19 matters.

Doctors president Mithi: It is important that Malawians work together with health workers in the war against Covid-19

The Society of Medical Doctors (SMD) is worried with continued mistreatment of health care workers by some guardians of Covid-19 patients.

SMD president Victor Mgonjetsi Mithi has dismissed rumours orchestrating abuse of health workers which include allegations that some health workers are mistreating patients and removing genitals of those dying of Covid 19.

Mithi says it is important that Malawians work together with health workers in the war against the Coronavirus pandemic.

This has come out at a joint press briefing co-organised by the Medical Council of Malawi, Medical Doctors Union of Malawi, Women Doctors Association of Malawi, Medical Association of Malawi and the Society of Medical Doctors.

On the emerging controversy surrounding the AstraZeneca vaccine, the health workers say are monitoring trends on efficacy and would help make recommendation at a later stage.

Meanwhile, the community around Kayembe village under Senior Chief Dambe in Mchinji district last evening attacked and sent back a team of health workers who had come to bury a Covid-19 victim.

The community insisted that their relation died of other illnesses.

Director of Health and Social Services for Mchinji, Dr. Juliana Kanyengambeta, says the villagers have also smashed an ambulance the team was using.

The body has, however, been brought back to the hospital mortuary.

Senior Chief Dambe has since summoned chiefs in the area to explain what exactly is at stake.

The senior chief says perpetrators of the violence last evening would be penalised.

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John chidongo
3 years ago

Each and every DHO must call all the T/A and have a cup of tea with to explain to them the dangers ofthe disease and the protocol of burial and the must gave maganizo ao pakaikedwe ka maliro. Simene mumachitira kodi nthawi zonse a chipatala. People they do listen kwambiri kwa mafumu ao kusiyani ndi wina aliyense. Ndi ana ao amawadziwa. Koposa kuti mungochita nokha popanda their involvement. Iwo akauza kumuuzi kuti pano poika malirilo a covid tidzipanga mwakumwakuti. Munthu modzi adziloleredwa kukaona mtembo kukatsimikiza kuti ndi waodi. Mupatseni ma protective gear onse ngati achipatala. Maka poika mbokosi. Zikuvuta ngakhale… Read more »

Alex mgeni
Alex mgeni
3 years ago

Nanuso ma doctors mwagundika too much ndi covid coz of allowances. Mukupanga tu zopusa nanu. We r watching u. Nanu so muzatifuna, u think anthu ndi inu basi???

3 years ago


3 years ago

Removing genitals of people dying with Covid! Who comes up with this rubbish and who believes in this stuff? People must be thick out there for sure and I think we have bigger problem in Malawi than Covid itself.

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