President Lazarus Chakwera has invited all religiously-inclined Malawians and others living in the country to three days of prayer and fasting beginning today to invoke God’s mercy amid the Covid-19 crisis which continues to worsen every day.
A statement issued by government spokesperson Gospel Kazako states that the President is asking that prayers should be lifted for the recovery of those infected and affected by the virus; the protection and sustenance of healthcare workers on the frontline of the fight and the protection of those who have not yet contracted the virus.
The prayer supplication has also hooked the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 which Chakwera has since established.
“Additionally, His Excellency calls upon all citizens and residents of Malawi to join him in observing a National Day of Thanksgiving on Sunday, 19th July, 2020.
“His vision therein is for us as a nation to create opportunities within our homes and religious gatherings across the nation under the strictest observance of preventive measures against Covid-19, no less to express gratitude to God for the manifold grace he has showered upon us for the past 12 months,” the statement reads.
The new Covid-19 task force which Chakwera has established will be in the Office of the President and Cabinet with Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda and College of Medicine’s Dr John Phuka as the co-chairpersons.
It also includes Cabinet ministers Felix Mlusu (Finance), Agness Nyalonje (Education), Kenny Kandodo (Labour), Titus Mvalo (Justice) and Gospel Kazako (Information) as members.
Other members are Public Affairs Committee Chairperson Patrick Thawale, Christian Association of Malawi Executive Director Innocencia Chirombo, Civil Servants Trade Union president Josephy Mdambo, Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa and Inkosi ya Makosi M’mbelwa V.
According to the press statement issued by Chief Secretary to the Government Zanga-Zanga Chikhosi on the establishment of the Covid-19 office, the secretariat will be headed by a National Covid-19 Coordinator while Chakwera will be addressing the nation on Covid-19 fortnightly.
Meanwhile Six Covid-19 positive people who recently returned from South Africa have escaped as they were being taken from Machinga TTC to Mangochi isolation center.
Director of Health and Social Service for Mangochi Henry Chibowa Junior has since warned that his office will publicize names of the escapees if they do not return to the hospital voluntarily.
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