Shocking!  Malawi govt only mobilized K14bn of budgeted K157bn on Covid-19 fight

President Peter Mutharika has revealed that government has, so far, only managed to mobilize K14 billion of the budgeted K157 billion meant for coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic  fight.

A health worker screens Minister if Information Mark Botomani for Covid-19

Mutharika made the revelation on Friday during his State of Nation Address delivered  in parliament through a video link.

He said: “Madam Speaker, Government, in consultation with Development Partners, developed a National Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan budgeted at K157 billion. Already, we have mobilized over K14 billion.”

Despite that, Mutharika touted great strides his government has taken in the fight against the pandemic.

Among others, the President highlighted recruitment of 2,000 healthcare workers using local resources, noting the move was in addition to 1,617 healthcare workers that have been recruited using Global Fund resources.

He also talked increasing risk allowances for all healthcare workers in the country; raising awareness and disseminating information on measures to control and prevent transmission of the virus to the general public; capacity building for frontline Health Care Workers on case management and infection prevention; and strengthening surveillance and screening at points of entry.

The President added that his government is also supporting Malawian students studying abroad with a relief package to cushion them from the impact of lockdown as a result of Coronavirus; and, also, strengthening Laboratory Capacity to detect Coronavirus which, to date, a total of 13 Coronavirus Testing sites have been established.

Mutharika then called on Malawians against politicizing Covid-19.

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WHO

Do you honestly believe The Western World will Rush to assist a corrupt Government where the President who is thought to be an educated man incites violence and does NOT RESPECT RULE of LAW yet says I respect freedom of speech to criticize the Court even after exhausting all Appeals and is pushing a Constituional Crisis and potential Anarchy in a peaceful nation
JUST BECAUSE HE DOES NOT WISH to campaign in a NEW Election.
MANY are LINING UP…NOT

MMalawi
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MMalawi

The risk allowances were increased after mademo and kunyanyala ntchito…this guy is an imbecile

Asasi
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Asasi

What is shocking about that? Poor countries like Malawi are awaiting pledges made by donors because we do not have the resources ourselves. The title shows the poor level of gutter journalism.

No Longer a Donor in Isolation
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No Longer a Donor in Isolation

So Sad To Bad
Other Countries are fighting their own battles against Covid-19.
The World economy is expected to FALL by 7 trillion dollars do NOT expect big donations for so few cases.
Do Not expect excessive Donations when foreign Governments are forced to spend Billions on their own economies.
If Malawi requires money the Reserve Bank of Malawi can just print MORE like other Countries,

WHO
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WHO

Majority of the Covid-19 cases have been imported by the DPP Government from South Africa and Tanzania.in the last two weeks an likely many more will follow in the next month’s until you restrict and assist those Malawians in South Africa.

Only good news is South Africa is slowly lifting their lockdowns enabling people to return to work.

BAKALI
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Those are Malawians returning to their country you wanted government to refuse its own Citizens? iwe utapita kunja sukabwelako? DO you seize to be Malawian because of Corona? do HIV or Malaria infected people get refused entry back to their motherland? Kuganiza mombwambwanaku bwanji? you hatred of APM is clouding your judgement

Bwana Wa Ulesi
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Bwana Wa Ulesi

Penapake Nanu adokotala zoona kukanika kuvala ma Gloves zoona? Aaaaaa

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