BY PATIENCE LUNDA
As Covid-19 cases continue to rise in the country, the Ministry of Health has warned that lack of seriousness in adhering to the contagion’s preventive measures could be catastrophic for the country.
By yesterday, Malawi had registered 1,152 confirmed cases with 13 deaths and 260 recoveries.
Director of Health Services in the ministry, Charles Mwansambo, said in an interview yesterday that health service delivery risks will be heavily affected if Malawians continue ignoring the preventive measures as hospitals are already overwhelmed.
Mwansambo then asked the general public to stop treating the contagious disease lightly.
“It is up to the public to change their perception about the virus. It is unfortunate that some people think this disease is a hoax but we are appealing to them to take it seriously because cases continue to rise on a daily basis,” he said.
Health rights activist Maziko Matemba also urged Malawians to take Covid-19 preventive measures seriously to tame the outbreak which has killed over 502,000 people globally out of those who have tested positive who are in excess of 10.2 million.
“It is true that Malawians have stopped taking the pandemic seriously. This is worrisome because by now, we should have been talking about cases decreasing.
“My plea is that the Ministry of Health should find other ways of engaging people so that they once again start treating the pandemic seriously,” Matemba said.
Malawi recorded its first Covid-19 case in March this year. Initially, everything seemed to be under control until cases began to dramatically rise in recent days.