Malawi registers new Covid-19 cases: Lack of PPEs for health workers worrying

The number of new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases have  increased with eight more people in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of cases to 572.

Phuka: Local Covid-19 cases increase

Covid-19  Presidential Task Force co-chairperson Dr. Dan Phuka said in a statement  that of the new cases, one is from Mzimba south and seven were identified at Mwanza port of entry during routine screening of people entering the country.

However, the task force says death of people suffering from Covid-19 remains at six.

He says 73 of the patients have now recovered.

“The average age of the cases is 31.9 years, the youngest case is aged one, the oldest is 75 and 70% are male,” he saod.

Of the 572 cases, 456 are imported infections and 101 are locally transmitted while 15 are still under investigations.

Overall, the country is registering a steady increase  in the number of new cases of the infection.

Meanwhile, Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi has attributed the rising number of health workers infected with Covid-19 to lack of personal protective gear (PPEs).

This comes at a time when two more health workers have been infected with the virus this week; one from Blantyre and another from Mzuzu.

Registrar of the Council Isabella Musisi said government needs to provide each and every Covid-19 frontline health worker with the PPEs.

“These frontline health workers are always with the covid-19 patients 24 hours. This is why they need to be protected,” she said.

There are now eight health workers who are down with Covid-19 which they contracted in line of duty.

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Malawi1920
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Malawi1920

Phuka waste his time as a Doctor or these doctorate degrees we see

Joovido
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Joovido

It’s not bcs of ppe’s but bcs of proper planning. Ter is no way u could be accepting people to be imported into the country with going through proper procedures. U r all putting the lives of Malawians at risk n ul b held accountable

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Daniso

Where is the money that organizations and countries have given Malawi to fight Covid-19? I thought the money was meant for PPEs, Ventilators, Quarantine Centers and Testing Kits among other needs? Why is this government prioritizing allowances instead of prioritizing things such as PPEs? This has been a fiasco and surely you should wait until another government takes over and see how this pandemic will be handled. Its a tale of two tales like in North America where Canada handled the Covid-19 very well and yet their neighbours the USA did not and see the difference in the number of… Read more »

Mpweya zii
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Mpweya zii

You prioritizes buying PRADo’s . Ndi izitu. Anthu Pippa mtima covid mulibe mayo ntchito but the allowances

Chiswa B
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Chiswa B

Kulibe COVID-19 kuno, ask Joyce

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Covid 19 kulibe. Medical doctor Joyce Banda anatelo

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