Over 1,200 healthcare workers have tested positive for coronaviurs since its advent last year.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Health, as of Thursday, February 4, 1,298 healthcare workers had tested positive with nine fatalities.
Making the presentation during an interface with chiefs and religious leaders in Blantyre on Friday, Evelyn Chitsa Banda from the Ministry of Health said, so far, 941 healthcare workers have recovered.
The statistics further show that nurses are contracting the virus the most compared to other cadres.
“Of all the healthcare workers who have tested positive for coronavirus, 32 percent are nurses while clinicians are second, at 25 percent,” she said.
National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives Executive Director Shouts Semeza said it was not surprising that nurses were catching the virus the most among healthcare workers, saying they are the truest frontline workers in the fight against Covid.
“Nurses are the first persons who come into contact with anyone who comes to the hospital. Every bullet that comes our way as healthcare workers goes to the frontline workers, who are the nurses,” he said.
Co-Chairperson of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid, John Phuka, said delayed reporting to healthcare workers is one of the major setbacks in the fight against the pandemic.
“We continue seeing people coming to the hospitals late to the point that there is nothing healthcare workers can do. People should know that we have enough space in our health facilities and there is no reason that you stay home when you have Covid symptoms,” he said.
Phuka also encouraged religious and traditional leaders to encourage their subjects to accept the in-coming Covid vaccine.