Test, test, test: Malawi urged to step up Covid-19 testing

Malawi government is coming under growing pressure to increase the rate of testing for coronavirus, as  the country reported its 13th case of the virus pandemic which has so far claimed two lives in the country and two of its citizens in UK.

Health minister Jappie Mhango (r): Malawi government urged to ‘track and trace’ every Covid-19 case

Health experts calls for more testing as concerns grow that the number of coronavirus cases in Malawi could be higher than reported.

The World Health Organization director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has tipped countries on how to deal with the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the globe: ‘Test, test, test.’

He urged countries to test more suspected cases, warning that they “cannot fight a fire blindfolded.”

WHO’s director general said:“You can’t fight a virus if you don’t know where it is.”

He added: “Find, isolate, test and treat every case to break the chains of Covid transmission. Every case we find and treat limits the expansion of the disease.”

There are concerns that few people are being tested of the virus in Malawi.

Government has since opened another testing labarotary at Mzuzu Central Hospital to cater for the northern region with similar centres in Blantyre and Lilongwe.

According to Minister of Health Jappie Mhango, to date 272 contact of the Covid-19 cases have been traced.

However, it is only 76 contacts who have been tested.

Commentators say this is “scary”, especially when one factors in the fact that Malawi has 6 904 high-risk travellers who entered the country through formal borders to date.

Doctors have tipped the Ministry of Health to use even  small labs across the country including biology department in universities which can use common pieces of equipment to test for the virus.

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Manyangalabwidi
Manyangalabwidi
10 months ago

Muchita bwanji test 20 million people ndi 20 Sawuzande test kits????

Nasingwe
Nasingwe
10 months ago

yawakulila game. anangozolowera kunamiza anthu kuyadayada kulubwalubwa ,nothing serous done, misonkhano amangotukwana,kukavina, kuimba ,intertainment basi. They have never said,done any solid decision etc because all they are busy woth is= ndilandila zingati atipatsa zingati ndimanga cakuti ndigula cakuti ndipite kuti ndikadya kiti, ndidye coani BUDGET ON OUR TAXES at the end they even dont know how much is their salary. think of MCHACHA mmene walemerera within a year squandling our taxes when he never paid taxes being a minbus caller and kumenyana ndi ma callers azake kulimbilana ma passengers pa Limbe. ask him to show you his bidget list. thats… Read more »

Mpakateni
10 months ago

Let’s wait to see what will happen if one of the members is infected. They think this disease is for the ordinary people. Surprisingly, they can’t learn from Britain which should have served as a work-up call.

Kalvin kaliwamba
Kalvin kaliwamba
10 months ago

This Covid-19 committee is useless they are just wasting our tax money.

Covid 2020
Covid 2020
10 months ago

Kunena za ena

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