Malawi Covid-19 trends show that there is an upsurge in community transmission—infection of people that cannot tell where they got the coronavirus—a thing that is making tracing difficult.
Addressing the media Wednesday Dr. Gift Kawalazira, Blantyre Director of Health and Social Services said his offices noted that community transaction was on the increase and so far, there are a number of companies and organisations in Blantyre which have approached his office to test their employees where people have tested positive.
“I can’t have all the organisations which have recorded positive cases but they should about 10. Among them are Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre District Health Office, Blantyre Adventist Hospital, Malawi Communications, Regulatory Authority, the Department of Immigration, First Capital Bank and others have recorded positive cases of Covid-19,” he said.
Kawalazira said some of these institutions have been fully closed, some partially closed at some point and disinfected to help fight the spread of the virus.
He then said the focus is shifting to case management where people at the high risk of getting sick and dying are prioritised.
“We can’t be testing everyone we come across because we are already constrained with sample collection kits. We are only focusing on old people and those with underlying conditions such as HIV and Aids, Diabetes, Blood Pressure and others,” he said.
Kawalazira also said Blantyre District Health Office has suspended an arrangement of burying people dying of Covid-19 following what happened in Ndirande where angry communities beat up the office’s employees who wanted to bury a person who died of the disease.
“We are just disinfecting the bodies and give the relations first line Personal Protective Equipment. We put them in body bags, in coffins and then disinfect them ready for burial. All we are asking the relations is not to open the coffins after we disinfect them,” he said.
Malawi has 1,342 cases with 16 deaths.