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Lilongwe DHO overwhelmed by Covid-19 test requests

CONCERNED—Msungama (middle) interacts with health officials

Director of Health Services at the Lilongwe District Health Office (DHO) Alinafe Mbewe has said her office is overwhelmed by requests from people of Kaliyeka to test them for Coronavirus.

This comes after 22 people from the area tested positive for the virus which causes Covid-19.

Banda disclosed this during a meeting at the Lilongwe City Counciul Offices which brought together officials form the DHO, Members of Parliament (MPs) form Lilongwe City, Lilongwe City Council, Police and Malawi Defense Force (MDF) aimed strategizing on how best to contain the virus in the city.

“We came here to discuss how we will handle Kaliyeka residents after some people have been found with Covid-19, we have been failing to conduct tests due to misinformation that has been there. So we wanted to first ask political leaders to help informing the residents of the exercise before deploying our staff to collect samples from Kaliyeka,” Mbewe said.

Adding: “Need I say that we are somehow overwhelmed by those who want to get tested.”

On their part, legislatures from the city George Zulu, Alfred Jiya, Nancy Tembo and Ulemu Msungama have urged all communities in Lilongwe to follow precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

The members have also asked health personnel to always ensure that those infected are informed first before the government makes an announcement to the general public.

MP for Lilongwe City South-East Ulemu Msungama told stakeholders that he is ready to work with the health care providers in the community for further testing of Covid-19 suspected patients.

“I am ready to accompany health personnel to Kaliyeka for actual tests on the suspected infected people. This is the kind of action that we have been demanding all along, remember, to maintain physical and social distance, wash your hands, and stay at home,” Msungama said in a subsequent interview.

Lilongwe City Council Mayor Juliana Kaduya has since appealed to all those who tested positive at Kaliyeka to follow all guidelines as advised by medical personnel.

“I am appealing to communities in Lilongwe to allow health workers do their work without fear of attacks from irate residents,” Kaduya said.

Stakeholders from the MDF expressed fear that as it stands there is a threat that the situation at Kaliyeka may get out of hand and more people could be infected.

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