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Nurses’ body rues ‘lack of transparency’ on Covid-19

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The National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives (Nonm) has accused the Ministry of Health and the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 of hiding data of nurses that have been affected by the coronavirus since the first person tested positive in April this year.

The organisation says they wrote both the ministry and the committee on the same but have not been assisted yet.

Nonm president Shouts Simeza said the data is important to the organisation because it will help them to properly engage the government and international donor community on how best they can assist to arrest the further spread of Covid-19 among nurses and midwives.

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Simeza, who confirmed the death of one of Nonm members who had been infected with the virus, said the death has instilled fear among the healthcare workers.

“We have global colleagues that can help us in fighting the coronavirus but we cannot connect with them because we do not have data. We have written both the task force and the Clinical Services Department that is working on the same with the committee. We copied our request to the Chief Director in the ministry but they never given us the information,” Simeza said.

Co-chairperson of the task force, John Phuka, referred us to the Ministry of Health when we sought his comment on the allegations by Nonm.

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Ministry of Health spokesperson Joshua Malango asked for more time to consult before commenting on the matter.

Meanwhile, Simeza has said their committee is planning to meet the Minister of Health and later the State President to update them on where the past administration left so that the current government can continue to make sure that the welfare of nurse are taken care of.

Simeza has then asked all nurses and the general public who seek services in hospitals to adhere to the precautionary measures like wearing face masks and washing hands regularly.

Earlier this month, the Society of Medical Doctors disclosed that 118 health workers in Malawi had been infected with Covid-19 since the country registered its first case in April.

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