Director of Quality Management and Digital Health in the Ministry of Health, Andrew Likaka, has warned that the reduction in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases could be a result of low tests being conducted.
He said this when Japanese International Cooperation Agency (Jica) donated K26 million worth personal protective equipment to the Ministry of Health to help in the fight against the virus.
“The number of people being tested is quite low so we may not confidently say that we are making huge progress in that aspect. But in general what we have seen is the trend where cases are going down,” he said.
Likaka also bemoaned the habit of some people whom he said still fail to adhere to social distancing advice, ensuring optimal personal hygiene, washing hands and wearing face masks in public places.
He then hailed Jica for the support, indicating that the organisation has been a partner throughout the fight against the pandemic.
Likaka also disclosed that in an agreement that was signed by the Minister of Finance.
Speaking during the donation, Jica Chief Representative, Yoshikazu Wada, said Japan hopes that the support it has rendered will guarantee the necessary medical service for Malawian people.
“Fighting Covid-19 is very difficult. I hope the equipment will be utilised by the health workers to protect them and provide quality services to patients,” Wada said.
On 21 September, 37 new tests were conducted out of which two tested positive, but there was no death. Cumulatively, there were 5,733 cases with 4,053 recoveries cases.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
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