Minister Mtambo launches war against fake news on Covid-19

In an effort to dispel fake news and dis-information about the deadly coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the Ministry of Civic Education and National Unity on Monday launched a nationwide Covid-19 Loud Hailing Campaign to boost the existing information dissemination and awareness raising initiatives on the pandemic.

On the loud hailing Covid-19 awareness raising campaign in the rural areas of Mchinji on Monday–Photos courtesy of Hon. Timothey Pagonachi Mtambo

The Minister of Civic Education and National Unity, Timothy Pagonachi Mtambo, confirmed the development in an interview with Nyasa Times on Tuesday, saying the ministry has already deployed 34 vehicles in all the districts.

He emphasized that the campaign will cover all corners of the country, including the hardest-to-reach areas, and it aims at encouraging community members to adhere to Covid-19 preventive measures, encouraging early health seeking behavior, promotion of home management of mild and asymptomatic Covid-19 cases dispelling fake news.

“This campaign will run for 21 days from 5th February, 2021. Hard to reach areas will be covered at all cost. Yesterday, for example, the loud hailing team in Mchinji was at Mzenga, a village on the Malawi / Zambia border where there is no mobile phone network let alone any radio reception from Malawian radio stations,” he said.

The loud hailing campaign is part of government interventions in the fight against the pandemic, and it is using financial resources, which the government provided through the Public Communication Cluster of the National COVID-19 Response Plan.

The Ministry of Civic Education and National Unity is a member of the communication which is co-chaired by the Ministry of Information and Ministry of Health.

According to Mtambo, loud hailing teams will go to every constituency, ward and Traditional authority in every district. Messages will be relayed to the public through public address system, which have been fitted on motor vehicles.

“Loud hailers will give out the preventive measures, urging the public to adhere to the measures for this is the sure way of preventing and defeating the pandemic. Yelling of messages will be complemented by various jingles carrying different messages on the pandemic. The jingles will be played through public address system at trading centres, market places and along the roads. Loud hailing teams have been instructed to move slowly as they go around places in order to relay complete messages to the people,” said the minister.

Mtambo said the ministry has partnered with various stakeholders such as the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE), which has vast expertise in conducting loud hailing campaign.

However, the minister expressed concern over people’s utter disregard to adhere to preventive measures, saying this is suffocating the fight against the virus.

He urged people to strictly adhere and follow the measures so that the country can win the battle against the disease.

Meanwhile, Mtambo has appealed to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and churches to engage extra gear in raising awareness on the pandemic to their respective constituencies.

He said it is only through collaborative efforts that Malawi can win the battle against the disease.

Before the roll out of the campaign, officials from the ministries of Civic Education and Unity; Information; and Health went to all districts to brief loud hailing teams on the campaign, and how to relay messages on the pandemic.

 

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Peace
5 months ago

Koma my people mwatokota.
Mr Mtambo mukulimba?
I pray that the Hero in you awakens fast so that once again you fight for the people. Tim you have a powerful voice, the people need you.
The people need covid sensitization. People dont wear masks in my area. This is bad for business, i make masks, i have lots of unsold masks. Thank you, mask up🙏

Noxy
5 months ago

Waste of tax payers money.This Ministry must be scraped off it is the most useless Ministry Malawi has ever had since its inception.

John chidongo
5 months ago

Let alone the Hospital personnel do their work. Anthu anataya chinkhulupiriro ndi andale ankhwidzi inu. More especially you Mr Mtambo, chilima , chakwera, kazako and this so called Joyce Banda. It’s only the Hospital and those old churches where people are still having strong trust in them. So even if you will be tough on those things people will never trust politicians in Malawi anymore.

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
Anzelu ndi Anzelu
5 months ago

This is one of the most useless ministries and ministers. We already have NICE (National Initiative for Civic Education) in all provinces in Malawi. Allready other NGOs, radios, television stations and chiefs are sensitising theirr people. What exactly does Mtambo do on a day to day basis?

Hawell
5 months ago

kkkkkkkkk koma awa ndiye masanje womwe sanawonekenso moti ndithu galimoto dzi, salary ndikumalandira koma Chakwera apa ndiye anagufa wosati masewera ayi! unduna uwu ulibe ntchito bcoz kale we had min of information and civic education thats

Tonse yakuba
5 months ago

What a cool Timothy. I pray that covid should visit you Galu iwe. Y

Khekhi
Khekhi
5 months ago
Reply to  Tonse yakuba

Back to sender!

Andy
Andy
5 months ago
Reply to  Tonse yakuba

Kill him

Nyekhwe the nyex
Nyekhwe the nyex
5 months ago

The most useless minister. A very redundant portfolio. Dzopanda pake. Kutha ndalama basi

WO Chakwera
WO Chakwera
5 months ago

A Tumbuka mukuyendabe wopanda sapato muli mu tonse alliance bwanji? KKKKKKK

Mpakateni
5 months ago

First I must say it is stupid for anyone to think that there are places in Malawi that are hard-to-reach. How can they be hard to reach when people leave there and are able to visit other places. If they are to reach, how will you reach there with your campaign. Second, I wish to urge the President to take off this Ministry. It is a very useless. If anything, it should be a department in one of the Ministries as it was the case before. We are wasting our money paying him handsomely for nothing. Mr, President we want… Read more »

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
5 months ago

If people remember the song of one Billy Kaunda, which has a phrase that talk about Namatcheni that the real job for Namatcheni is to be appreciated is when it is removing rocks & trees but when the road is completed then Namatcheni becomes irrelevant the same applies to Ntambo I dont think that he has the same influence that he used to have prior to the elections. He lost his spark the moment he decided to campaign for MCP in Karonga. This exercise that they want to waste money for is just a nonstarter. We have Healthy Surveillance Assistants… Read more »

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