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K143.1 billion deficit for Covid-19 fight

STRESSED RECAUTIONARY MEASURES—Mhango

Malawi reportedly needs K157 billion to effectively implement a national Covid-19 preparedness and response plan which was launched Wednesday.

Secretary for Disaster Management Affairs, Wilson Moleni, said so far the country has K13.9 billion at its disposal while K23 billion is needed in the short-term.

The response, according to Moleni, brings together different sectors that heavily need support in fighting the raging virus. The sectors include health, education, food security, employment and protection and social support.

“We need concerted efforts of all stakeholders in the implementation of the plan. We want to prevent, rapidly detect and effectively respond to reduce morbidity and mortality rates in the country,” Moleni said.

Chairperson of the Special Ministerial Committee on Covid-19, Jappie Mhango, said the huge resource gap puts the country at an advantage and appealed for support from well-wishers.

Mhango then stressed the need for everyone to adhere to precautionary measures and temporary guidelines of preventing the spread of the contagion as set by the Ministry of Health which he heads.

United Nations Resident Coordinator, Maria Jose Torres, said Covid-19 has greatly affected the global economy hence the need for stronger preparations.

She also called for the protection of vulnerable populations and their human rights as the country fights the disease.

Malawi has so far officially registered eight Covid-19 cases and one death.

The virus, which was first reported in Wuhan, China, towards the end of last year, has spread throughout the world, killing over 80,000 people and infecting over 1.4 million others.

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