Minister Chiponda promises ‘robust response’ to fight Covid-19 as 223 health workers in Malawi test virus positive

Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda  has said her ministry is taking  robust measures to slow the spread of coronavirus  as   223 health workers have since  been affected by the virus pandemic in the country.

Health minister Chiponda: Response to slow coronavirus spread
Matemba: Protect health workers

Chiponda has disclosed that Treasury has released K90 million for risk allowances for Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) and Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) healthcare workers.

“There are allowances for health workers who are on front line because there was a concern from the public that we are not taking care of them,” said Chiponda.

Chief of Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Charles Mwansambo, said the virus pandemic is further reducing numbers of health workers as those infected and working on-shifts have to go into quarantine.

The ministry of health  initially encountered challenges in acquiring personal protective equipment  (PPE)which made it difficult for workers to properly protect themselves from infection.

Healthcare workers rely on PPE to protect themselves and their patients from being infected and infecting others.

But shortages are leaving doctors, nurses and other frontline workers dangerously ill-equipped to care for Covid-19 patients, due to limited access to supplies such as gloves, medical masks, respirators, goggles, face shields, gowns, and aprons.

Minister Chiponda said government has sourced the PPEs and supplies will be arriving in the country from this week.

“We have had challenges in resources including allowances , PPEs and testing kits, reception of returnees.It mean we have to hit the ground running and implement immediate solution to solve these challenges,” she said.

Minister Chiponda said her Ministry has embarked on expanding of reception sites for returnees mainly using Nalikule and Machinga TTC.

She said community engagement is underway with communities around facilities that will be used to ensure safety of returnees and communities around those centres.

Chiponda said the ministry is increasing treatment sites, acquiring new ventilators as oxygen is very important for care of severe case.

She also said the country will receive 35 000 test kits by the end of the week.

Health Rights activist, Maziko Matemba, has since called for more support with necessary equipment to protect health workers and the patients.

“These cases are increasing because of lack of adequate protective equipment [PPEs] which are key to protect health workers which has to be prioritised at all cost and if not checked will have negative impact to the COVID-19 response as we might have few health workers on duty to support the patients,” warns Matemba.

In the past two weeks, Malawi a landlocked country in southeastern Africa has seen a spike in virus cases by over 40% with the number of confirmed cases rising to over 3000.

The sharp rise in the number of cases has been attributed to the June 23 court-sanctioned presidential election re-run where thousands of Malawians ignored health measures and social distancing rules to attend political rallies.

Experts also blame people, who returned from foreign countries mainly from South Africa responsible for the spike in pandemic cases. As of July 12, more than 1,900 people arrived in the country form, South Africa.

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Chunura Mbava
5 months ago

Is she married. Im having a crush on her. Not offence

Shar
Shar
5 months ago

Khumbize tested positive for the virus and I thought she would be more active than this . This was a post for someone with heavy philanthropic passion and medical background. Tisuzyengepo nadi

Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
5 months ago
Reply to  Shar

Kkkkkkk Cadet sudzatheka. Totally untrue. So if she tested positive ndiye. Nanga poti ine amene ndikulembane ndirinso positive and pano ndachira. What has changed? Moto umapita komwe kwatsala tchire. Linda madzi apite ndipo uziti ndadala. Cadet wavutikatu koma osadanda uchira.

Tutu
5 months ago
Reply to  Nambuma Girl

Mawu a akulu koma akagonera. Chilli kunzako nkumati chigwire nyanga. Mutharika was undermined and vilified by Chakwera and Chilima. Let them sit out the COVID mess with their incompetence.

goodson
goodson
5 months ago

Those kits are not enough to test even the healthcare workers in the country and that is a priority

Zofu
Zofu
5 months ago

This government is dull and not helpful with the CONVID issue paja ananena kuti corona kulibe

nyarugwe
nyarugwe
5 months ago
Reply to  Zofu

ananena ndi boma?

Pedegu ku state House
5 months ago

Both Ken Kandodo and Khumbize Kandodo are dull and tired people who remain in the limelight simply because they belong to kamuzu family and nothing more. Malawi shall not develop much with the current crop of ministers. Nyusesi zenizeni. The Chakwera government is not inspiring hope at all.

Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
5 months ago

Muchira.

Test
Test
5 months ago

A person is supposed to get tested twice which means those 35,000 is a figure in between 35,000 and 17,000. Xosathandiza. Tifa chipere. Alibwino ndi omwewo ali in prime positions to access these But those dead in the slum or village ndi chipere basi. Rest in peace amalawi anzanga.

Covid ndi Amuna
Covid ndi Amuna
5 months ago

What about long term measures. The test kits will be finished by August

Kat
Kat
5 months ago

It sounds good but there are a few grey areas.

Firstly airport strike is still on so how will these arrive since you say they’re coming from the west.

Secondly 35,000 test kits in a population of 20 million Malawians is extremely statistically insignificant

Lastly the majority of the Malawian population is rural based. You have indicated that money has been released for QE and KCH. What exactly is being done for the majority is the rural areas?

Zoona
Zoona
5 months ago

Kodi importation of COVID from RSA is still acceptable by Tonse alliance who used to criticize APM on returnees as a plan to increase figures and avoid elections? Nanga lero why not block them?

Kwenga mwazembo
Kwenga mwazembo
5 months ago
Reply to  Zoona

With or without Corona virus if you are malawian you have right to enter Malawi thus your home. These people who are diaspora amathandiza running of Malawi with their remittance Boma silimakana ndalama zikamalawa Malawi chifukwa cha abale amenewa

Concerned citizen
5 months ago

You and me are the cause for the spread. Let us accept our responsibility and act. Let’s ensure the whole population has access to a mask and is required by law to wear it in public.

Just
Just
5 months ago

If you are the cause please don’t include me. Some of us were not part of the political stupidity that went around. So this idea of allocating blame to the innocent needs to stop right now. Some old people even were just at home but what our politicians deed will have to be paid for dearly

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