Malawi must implement strict Covid-19 measures now: A stitch in time saves nine

This,  every citizen  in the country  must understand now, is no time for joking and playing Russian roulette with   COVID-19, the strands for coronavirus pandemic.

This disease is scary and—taking it from the sharp rise in local transmission amidst sporadic tests; we all need to be worried.

That is why, from today, we have entered a critical point in COVID-19 fight where we need to make right decisions—unpopular yet critical decisions that should save our country from this pandemic.

As misinformation proliferates and lines between fact and fiction are routinely and nonchalantly crossed, our leaders must, now more than ever, illuminate a thoughtful path forward, one reliant on science and evidence-based reasoning.

So far, it appears politics is drowning most, of not all of us, into raw sense of senselessness.

Every move by government is not seen from science point of view, but politics. We have seen court challenges, constant questioning of every update from government, politicians going mum—and all that gibberish.

This is not the time for this kind of continued unnecessary fights.

It’s time we all rallied, willing-fully or not, behind the President in a shared commitment pushing a preventive agenda that will stop the continued rise of this pandemic within our homesteads.

Let’s face it, for poor countries, such as ours, the only way we can save ourselves from COVID-19 is through prevention.

We don’t have enough resources to do case management when cases pile in our hospitals. It’s deadly.

In this vein, this is high time we went full force with restrictive measures, even measured lockdowns, aimed at enhancing social distancing and reducing overcrowding.

But  the State must adhere to the law and the respect of the rights and humane dignity when implementing measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Further, government need to aggressively scale up quarantines and, if needs be, carefully lock up all the borders.

Not only that. Government need to invest huge in testing. The prospects by health principal secretary Dan Namarika that more Malawians can test positive is a cause of worry. Most of us, it’s getting clear, we may be positive without knowing. More need to be done on scaling up testing.

Lastly, government needs to ensure that our health workers are safe and secure. Reports of nurses being chased by their landlords doesn’t make a good reading. These workers are putting their lives on the row, as such, we need to ensure that their living is well taken care of.

As a country, we need to keep reminding each other that COVID-19 is real. It’s a threat to our health, our economy, our politics and our livelihood—we need to accept it as our number one national challenge.

We must treat it as a priority.

A stitch in time saves nine.

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Luka
10 months ago

I notice that most of the places where the virus is killing thousands of people are places like New York where people use elevators every day to get to their homes and places of work. Perhaps we should consider closing our elevators of five or fewer storeys, and spraying frequently with disinfectant those that service more storeys.

National CEO
National CEO
10 months ago

Why is the government not serious on quarantine but want lockdown? This is where the citizens are smelling the rat. Borders are open and people from COVID 19 countries are entering the country. But the government want us to be in our houses.

President Chisokonezo
President Chisokonezo
10 months ago

The writer, you don’t know Malawi. People are very poor that unplanned lockdown will be more harmful than Corona itself.

Malikebu
10 months ago

Ino ndinthawi yokolora none is dying of hunger. Government made guidelines for the lockdown including times when local markets will be open and times for harvesting. Ontop of that economic relief measures targeting urban population. Government aid is meant to target those that are in dire need for help when the virus is at its devastating peak as modelled by WHO in the coming next months after June . However you and your fellow stupid opposition zealots want to politicise everything and mislead the people. Your commitment to political meandering instead of patriotism for country is very disturbing and showcases… Read more »

Lungwedwe
Lungwedwe
10 months ago

No let all the opposition that have this they can agree this thing is real

The SNIPER
The SNIPER
10 months ago

Mr Fiko, now you are at least coming to your senses unlike the way you were bringing up your articles here, one would easily know what you were up to, by the way good job. Let’s remind each other here, you may agree with me that Lockdown can yes help to stop the spread of this virus, bit I can also assure you that, you can not Lockdown without telling the Nation how are going to help those who are poor, you see, the leadership we have in this Country is a joke, you are just looking at the virus,… Read more »

Old timers
Old timers
10 months ago
Reply to  The SNIPER

Your senseless thinking is rubbish, were on earth have you seen a country without poor people, the writer is talking about prevention, haven’t you heard that prevention is better than cure. Don’t think court politics is the best thing for Malawians, even when the country is on lockdown, does not mean the government can not help the most people in need, that’s how other countries are doing it, but you would rather wait for people to start dying in numbers, that’s when you are going to think of lockdown, so shameful. The Bible says, my people shall die because of… Read more »

Malikebu
10 months ago

Mcp,HRDC and UTM together with stupid judges have decided, playing politics is more important than human lives. When people die of corona we know who to blame.

Shonai
10 months ago

Before you protect yourself the virus will be waiting for the government to give you everything you need.That is Chakwera and friends wisdom.Aphetsa anthu.Chiri kwa mzako mkumati chigwire nyanga.People are watching kuti akuyigwira tchito ndani nanga akulubwa lubwa chifukwa chofuna m’mpando ndani.

C Banda
C Banda
10 months ago

“It’s time we all rallied, willing-fully or not, behind the President … ”
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For anybody wanting to rally behind the president, where is he to be found? I ask because I am not aware of him having much to do with the fight against Covid, and the last I heard anything from him (about anything at all) was over two weeks ago.

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