Mhen hails APM’s directive to employ 2 000 health workers: Malawi need govt that saves lives

In times like this coronavirus , Malawi need good government, a government that saves lives and protects  the country and President Peter Mutharika  has stamped its authority  with is directive to employ 2 000 health workers to cope with the Covid-19 outbreak .

Jobe: We need more health workers

The Malawi Health Equity Network (Mhen) executive director George Jobe said, has said  his organisation welcomed the President’s directive to employ 2 000 health workers.

Jobe hoped the 2 000 health workers would be engaged immediately and without advertising and requiring them to undergo interviews as this is a crisis.

He  also commended the President for increased risk allowance to the health workers.

The President, in his address monitored on Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), on Saturday evening  directed the Ministry of Health to recruit 2 000 health workers to assist in the fight of the pandemic.

“We need more soldiers and human power in this fight,” he said.

“I am directing Treasury to increase the risk allowances for our health workers as a matter of urgency. The welfare of health care workers is our welfare. Their safety is our safety,” Mutharika said.

For too long health workers been taken for granted and poorly paid. They should be first and get incentives amid the virus outbreak and beyond.

One of the  government critics  Idirss Ali Nassah said Mutharika’s overall message was simple: “Coronavirus is now in our community and it needs measures to overcome.”

He said the President needs everyone’s support, individually and collectively to save lives.

“We are dealing with a complex and uncertain virus, which is a very serious public health threat. All of us have to play a part in doing what is necessary to reduce infections and avert deaths,” Nassah wrote  in a post on social media.

Meanwhile, President Mutharika encouraged every Malawian to observe strict rules of hygiene, including frequent washing of hands with soap and wearing masks.

“We are intensifying screening of people in all entry points and surveillance of all travelers from countries that have confirmed coronavirus cases. We have intensified civic education and information sharing with communities,” he said.

He said the number of testing centres in various parts of the country would be increased over and above the three laboratories that are available, namely the National Health Reference Laboratory in Lilongwe; the College of Medicine Laboratory; and the Malawi Liverpool Welcome Trust in Blantyre.

Mutharika declared a state of emergency on March 23 to combat the virus.There is no lockdown but schools are closed and the government says it is urging people to work from home and follow hand-washing and social-distancing guidelines.

All social gatherings of more than 100 people, such as funerals, church services and political rallies, have been banned.

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Nasingwe
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Nasingwe

olo fotoyi akucoya kuoneka.
koma guys tikusewela bwanji!!!

Lola
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Lola

Well done Jobe.

Mbulumbuzi
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Mbulumbuzi

Reactive and passive…kudyetsa mbuzi tsiku la msika…za m’mbuyo mwa alendo. Kusinza on the job too much. Xaaa!

Nasingwe
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Nasingwe

Hey gudxdxdeys Now its time to take action than wasting time with so and eso hails pitala and again and again, although its not an unusual deals of Malawians and have a party at sanjika and allowances as always . Lets get our hands on. we are too much lip servicing. test centres are crap witj noone there , changing venues eg KCH then Bottom hosp then this and that, heyyyy to hire 20000 health care workers, okhhy ,hope they will be paid promptly. mark my words. and I repeat mark my words ,hoping its not cadet business to be… Read more »

Kambewa Chisale
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Make sure that the front Line staff are trained advance and have proper protective equipment.
If nothing is done they will be at risk of getting themselves infected and passing it to their families.

Emmanuel
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Nobody comments on this one because people know that this is a failing government. It can’t see what is coming until people cry. Malawi health workers have suffered for a long time because of shortage. Unemployment is just that high even with the educated ones. Nurses, Doctors, and many cadres in the country staying for 3 to 5 years without work after completing professional education. There is nothing to praise here it is the government responsibility to do this

Meme
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Meme

It is fools like you that keep pulling our country backwards.

chapunthuka
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chapunthuka

where have these 2000 been. Corona is not the only health risk we have. The government should have recruited them already.

Munthu
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Munthu

Isn’t that what had been suggested by the doctor who resigned just the other day?

Kasimu
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Kasimu

Mr Jobe the president has done well but that calls for your institution or whoever is mandated to recruit conduct some some formal recruitment process to identify eligible people. Without following some procedures you will end up recruiting your kinsmen who will end up killing people. Fright an advert abeit giving short deadlines and move quickly. That’s my advise . Don’t hide on the seriousness of the matter to CUT shortcuts. This is life

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