Malawians give mixed reactions  international health organizations views on coronavirus

Malawians have given mixed reactions on the World Health Organisation’s and Centre for Disease Control backing of the coronavirus cases figures in the country.

World Health Organisation (WHO) alongside Centre for Disease Control (CDC) jointly held a news conference at a time when some of the announced positive results are being disputed

WHO representative Nonhlanhla Rosemary Dlamin respond to some of the emerging issues regarding coronavirus

Some Malawians said the 33 figure of the coronavirus cases in the country was cooked up by the government to scare people so that the Constitutional Court sanctioned presidential election should not happen on July 2.

But WHO and CDC have said the 33 Covid-19 positive cases that Malawi has announced so far, is an accurate figure.

WHO representative Nonhlanhla Rosemary Dlamini and CDC country director Andrew Auld made the remarks at a joint press briefing with government officials held in Lilongwe on Friday.

The stand by the two international organisations come amidst growing mistrust amongst some Malawians that the results of Covid-19 cases being announced are being doctored.

According to the two officials, a top-notch laboratory in Lilongwe where testing is being done has qualified personnel and equipment.

Meanwhile, Minister of Health Jappie Mhango has said through Ministry of Labour in consultation with Employers Association Malawi, Malawi Conferederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Malawi Congress of Trade Union and  other unions have developed work guidelines to promote business and safeguard jobs  amid covid-19 outbreak.

Among others, Mhango says employers must provide employees information and communicate  on impact of the disease,introduce working from home measures, employees to take annual leave in advance, introduce pandemic leave when an employee has a suspected viral infection among others.

 

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Malawi belong to the citizens

Where are the covid-19 patients in the country? I remember some organisations accepted the tippexed election results to be fair and clear,but they were wrong.When the government lies too much,citizens don’t believe anything from them, even if the government says truth,people will say it’s all lies.Malawi needs honest leaders and public officials.

Zio ine
Zio ine
10 months ago

This country has one of the stupid opposition . The way Chakwera behaves and speaks one would doubt if he is a trained pastor. No wonder he fell out of the hand of God in favour of worldly things. Chakwera and the satanic leagues of Livingstonia Synod have no spirit of God in them because it departed long time ago.

Malawi belong to the citizens
Reply to  Zio ine

It is the government that has a problem in Malawi.Do not blame Opposition mayi.The government was supposed to involved opposition and other stakeholders.Instead they were trying to solve problem by themselves.Honest and transparent was not there.Dpp has messed up our country.

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
10 months ago

Was the press conference organised by CDC and WHO or by the government? What was the main purpose of this press conference? Does it mean that when the tests are being conducted at the Coronavirus labs across the country CDC and WHO send their representatives to monitor the tests? If not what evidence do they have that the test samples indeed came from the said 33 people who the government claims have tested positive including the 10 from Kaliyeka? Bear in mind that it the said Kaliyeka relatives who were on Zodiac the other day denying that they were tested.… Read more »

Drogba
10 months ago

Just exposing our ignorance and our being uncivilized to the whole world we Malawians. Same.like what some.very rural rural people in DRC do in times of Ebola outbreak, chasing away doctors claiming Ebola doesn’t exist pomwe anthu akufa ndi Ebola. Umbuli amalawi uzatithera.liti ? What is there to dispute about existence of corona in Malawi ? I feel poty that even oir so called members of patliament are at the foefront disputing existence of corona in Malawi, you guys are you serious ? Akanati koma.kuli opopa magazi, nde number 1 kukhulupilira, zinthu zopanda umboni, no science involved, but these.things are… Read more »

Ulemu Banda
Ulemu Banda
10 months ago
Reply to  Drogba

The problem is the way the Govt is communicating with the citizens by not providing adequate information. If people are not being provided with information that they want to hear, it is difficult to trust what they are being told. There are a lot of white spaces that need to be filled so that the people can have confidence in how the Govt is dealing with the epidemic.

mfaka mfaka
mfaka mfaka
10 months ago

Whether with WHO and CDC backing or not… the truth is that we r voting this July… and your gues on who is going to win the election is good as mine…
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Aalex
Aalex
10 months ago

When the leadership is not trusted. The DPP Leadership will never be trusted. People are just tired with them. People are waiting on the day these people will disappear.

Farouk Imtiyaz
Farouk Imtiyaz
10 months ago

It is a GAME planned by DPP and APM Ministry of Health if that is the Case How and Why the Covid 2019 Patients are then selves claiming that there had been proper check ups and Test done by DHO officer Doctors and actually they are Negative Cases

Mandado@147
10 months ago

Even International observers said elections were free and fair its good Malawians learnt a lesson don’t trust these foreigners and big belly crooks in govt. with data, self researching and following up data is the key!!

Hutu
Hutu
10 months ago

Shame on Chakwera, Chilima, HRDC and judges. They are the ones who are minimising coronavirus.

Tutu
Tutu
10 months ago

Thanks to WHO and CDC for coming out to back the coronavirus results. The opposition is running a vicious propaganda campaign just because its leaders (Chakwera and Chilima) are power hungry. Malawi risks being severely affected by COVID because of the doubts the opposition is putting in people’s minds.

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