By Wezzie Gausi:
Malawi Congress Party president, Lazarus Chakwera, has urged the government and all Malawians to take leading roles in preventing the coronavirus from spreading into the country.
Chakwera made the remarks Monday when he toured four hospitals in Lilongwe where he also donated assorted items to be used in improving hygiene and sanitation efforts.
He said people should get back to the basics of hygiene if the country is to remain free from Covid-19, an infectious disease caused by coronavirus.
“This pandemic has shocked the whole world. People are dying and there is more that needs to be done if we are to remain safe. As a nation, we must work hand in hand. Let everyone be a brother’s keeper; let us encourage one another to practice good hygiene all the times,” Chakwera said.
He also stressed the need for partners and non-governmental organisations to support efforts in preventing the contagion.
Chakwera said the situation in most health centres is pathetic as they do not have kits for workers to protect themselves when attending to patients.
Getrude Kasalika, who is in charge of Kabudula Health Centre, praised Chakwera for touring the facility and making the donation.
“We are very grateful for the kind gesture that Chakwera has shown to us. Now, at least, we are sure our staff will be protected when handling patients.
“As a facility, we are trying our best to civic educate the community we are serving. Our focal message is for the people to remain hygienic all the time. Right now, we have even reduced the number of guardians per patient to one,” Kasalika said.
The assorted items that Chakwera donated are worth K4.5 million. They have been shared among Namitondo, Kasiya, Malembo and Kabudula health Centers.
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