Questions raised over resignation of Society for Medical Doctors president in Malawi

Tongues are wagging over the abrupt, unexpected and questionable resignation of the president of Society of Malawi Doctors, Dr Amos Nyaka  following  President Peter Mutharika announcement on Thursday that three people who are the woman, her 11-year-old relation and a 64-year-old maid tested positive to coronavirus.

Dr Amos Nyaka: Resigns with immediate effect

Nyaka tendered his resignation on Saturday.

His resignation comes barely a day after he wrote government demanding government to recruit more Health Workers; ensure adequate availability of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for Health Workers Safety; and reconsideration of Health Workers’ Remuneration in the wake of national response to coronavirus (Covid- 19).

“Due to the exigencies of my public service to the nation and in the context of the rapidly evolving events in our country, I write to tender my resignation as the President of the Society of Medical Doctors with immediate effect,” read the letter he written to the Society’s Secretary General.

There hasn’t been any response from government yet, however social media has already gone berserk with allegations of trying to explain Nyaka’s resignation.

Renowned social media  commentators on legal matters known as Lord Denning QB wrote Nyaka ruffled the feathers of government when he was  demanding it to recruit more Health Workers; ensure adequate availability of personal protective equipment  for  health workers safety and reconsideration of their emuneration in the wake of national response to Covid-19.

“He was told to shut up or honorably resign. He has resigned,” he said.

Malawi Equity Health Network (Mhen) executive director George Jobe urged government to make available the finer details about the patients to avoid causing public panic.

He said, for instance, it is important to know whether the patients used a bus or a different type of vehicle, and who else travelled with them.

Said Jobe: “Such details are important for the purpose of reducing the spread of the disease. Which other people were living with these people in their compound and when exactly did the woman arrive in Malawi?”

Ministry of Health (MoH) spokesperson Joshua Malango did not want to disclose whether the 61-year-old woman travelled by bus or on a different type of vehicle, nor the exact date she arrived in Malawi.

Meanwhile, the family of Rafik Abbu whose two members and a houseboy’s wife were confirmed positive of Covid-19  has  explained the ordeal leading to their diagnosis which has cast a huge shadow of doubt on the accuracy of  the killer virus  tests being carried out in the country.

Rafik Abbu whose two family members and a houseboy’s wife were confirmed positive of Covid-19 

Abbu, who is the proprietor of Master Construction Company,  is quoted by Malawi News in its Saturday April4 2020 edition that it had to take two tests to confirm the positive test.

He said it all started recently when the couple visited India for medical attention where they returned to Malawi on March 8 2020.

Abbu told the paper that the couple was instructed by health officials at Kamuzu International Airport to go under self-isolation for 14 days considering that India is among Covid-19 hotspots.

“It was on March 11 that I developed a few symptoms such as weakness/fatigue and loss of taste and smell. On March 14, my wife developed similar symptoms, except for the loss of taste and smell. I immediately called the Covid-19 team from CHSU.

“The team visited my home to assess the situation. I insisted that the team should do a test on my wife. Unfortunately, the team decided not to carry out any Covid-19 tests as our symptoms did not reflect the typical symptoms of Covid-19 and did not meet their medical requirements,” Abbu said.

He said, after a week of being in isolation, they received the news that his aunt had paid the family a visit from Australia and tested positive for Covid-19 on her return in Australia.

“I requested a report from Australia to confirm the positive test result and with a lot of persuasion, I urged the Covid-19 team to test my wife. The test was eventually done after a few days on March 22.

“The results came out on March 24 and the test was negative. At this point, I had fully recovered and my wife was feeling better though not completely back to normal,” Abbu said.

On March 31, Abbu said the Covid-19 team from CHSU contacted him again requesting to conduct another test on his wife who at tha time had fully recovered.

He said the team also took samples from family members, including housekeepers and their families who reside in their compound.

Abbu said, when the results came out, they confirmed that the three people were diagnosed positive.

But Nyaka observed that chances could be that the old test kit – donated by China –  may have been defective.

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Dr. Nyaka next time mudzalembe mu chichewa anthu sakumvetsa kuti mwanena chiyani mukalatayi. Ine ndamva ngati mukuti chifukwa pali kutanganika (pressure) choncho mwatula pansi udindo wotsogolera gulu lamadotolo kuti mutumikire bwino mtundu wa amalawi. Kaya ndi choncho kaya. Dzidzungu zativutatu kwambiri aliyense ngojama imene akudziwa.

Flamingo
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Flamingo

A coward

Opportunist
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Opportunist

I salute you my doc.You have never changed in the way you want quality of health care should be discharged

Nasingwe
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Nasingwe

kodi tili ndi ma test centres or zuutinji

i may have missed some information

Mabvuto
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Mabvuto

Pamene Atupele akupeoeka ma testing kits ku China ati kuti atchuke azibale ake ku Malawi akulandira ma expired kits kuchokera ku China, pano akuti boma lapeleka k2 billion kwa nduna zoona colona virus, umbamva okha okha koma this government sungalimvetse, ndilakumpha ndi kuononga

Chi La La
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Chi La La

Iwe Ma vu tho
Peleka ndemanga zothandiza
Don’t be stupid

Red Flagger
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Red Flagger

This period calls for sensitivity and responsibility. If one belongs to a group of professionals,one needs to respect the profession and withhold ethics. Under such circumstances, when one holds a differing opinion, the best option is to go confront the colleagues head on with differing perspectives and show unity. When they choose to show division by further confusing the lay populace, they risk being deemed unprofessional and risk credibility, if not their standing. At this point it is not in the national interest to cause undue panic.

The Patriot
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The Patriot

I 100% agree. This is the same guy who earlier literally had told the press that social distancing is premature. I fear he has some hidden motives. I hear he likes gambling and takes drugs. Guess who his pals are, Chilima’s cousin Valera and …Its insane how professionals have stooped so low with politics. Mutipwetekatu ife a Malawi

Pachalo
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Pachalo

And who are YOU? Atleast Dr Nyaka has a name and it appears you know him more than his professional life and you are trying to paint a bad picture of the good doc…why not discuss the issue at hand and not people? Even if he is friend with who ever what has that friendship to do with his resignation? COVID 19 should make us more United than divided interms of private lives….

Rifrafteriteroit
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Rifrafteriteroit

No! No! No! Amos Nyaka was with Valera at Kamuzu academy around 1993. He was a very humble boy from the rural village but worked very hard to achieve his goal. Politics aside please. I love ADADI

Mandado@147
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Lies you a cadet I guess! He’s been asking for personal protection equipment for his frontline doctors and support staff! Nurses been striking requesting PPE so they prevent contracting covid19! Where are the donations from china for convid19? Seems like hospitals dont have PPE and the staff are scare for the pandemic!!

Chineke
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Chineke

Everything associated with corrupt DPP never works!

No issue here
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This is my first time to hear this name. It doesn’t matter to me,we have a buncj of Doctors

No issue here
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Is he the first person to resign from health sector In Malawi or across the globe. Let’s not politicise isues. That’s his right. Infact he is not the only Doctor in Malawi opposed to the time Kamuzu when we had very very Doctors. Ena akuufuna mpando umenewo. You can’t demand too much when we are also forcing MEC to conduct elections which will be expensive

Mtete
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Mtete

I salute Dr Nyaka for not wanting to be associated with mediocrity. There is something fishy going on in connection with the COVID_19 virus issue. We’ve just been told there is a fourth person who has tested positive but the strange thing is that neither name nor where the victim comes from have been revealed, unless ofcource this has been done in subsequent bulletins. Further, isn’t the announcement of the virus affected persons the prelogative of the Presidency? It is rumoured government wants to use the Corona Virus scare to ensure people, particularly in the Centre and North, are confined… Read more »

Obingw'a
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thats true my friend

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