Youths in Covid-19 fight


As one way of stepping up Covid-19 fight, a group of young people has been trained on how to sensitise communities on good practices of preventing further spread of the disease.

Executive Director of Bright Minds of Today Organisation (BMTO) Yamikani Chiphazi said they noted with concern that not all are adhering to Covid-19 measures in schools, a thing they fear might escalate cases of the pandemic.

“We decided to train these youths from different organisations to be educators with the sole purpose of spreading messages about Covid-19. We have realised that although only examination classes have re-opened, not all are adhering to Covid-19 measures. There is need to spread the messages to each and every corner so that together we stop the spread,’’ he said.


He said the training will help the trainers to raise awareness about the disease once they go to the targeted schools in Blantyre.

“More of such trainings will be conducted in November in Lilongwe to reach out to many so that we make a Covid-19 free Malawi.”

Blantyre District Environmental Officer Penjani Chunda commended the steps taken by BMTO, describing it as the way to go in the fight against Covid-19.


Chunda, who is also the district’s Covid-19 Response Manager, said there is need for more youths to take up the challenge so that more people in communities are able to take precautionary measures.

‘’These trainings are crucial so that we should not register more cases among the students. You know that the youth are full of energy and once they go out we believe they will carry the message and pass it across to their fellow youths in primary school and colleges,’’ he said.

Chunda added that this will help to avoid a scenario where schools will be closed again due to Covid-19.

He however urged people not to relent in the fight, saying the pandemic still exists.

“Let me advise those who think Covid-19 is gone that it is still out there, what has happened is that the testing has been scaled down because we are not testing the contacts. This time we are only testing the symptomatic people that are showing symptoms, travellers and returnees,” he said.

One of the youth representatives imparting knowledge to fellow youths Chimwemwe Kaonga said young people have the ability to stop the Covid-19 spread.

‘’We are hearing reports by the World Health Organisation that young people are the ones that are driving the pandemic so it is important that young people should be in the forefront to make sure that we avert the crisis,’’ he added.

BMTO is a youth organisation that focuses on uplifting young people in Malawi.

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