Malawi doctors call for volunteers to support frontline health care staff

“The Society of Medical Doctors has called for volunteer health workers to support the frontline health care staff during this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. The doctors made the call in a statement barely a day after President Lazarus Chakwera admitted that the country’s health system had been ‘overwhelmed’ by the surge.”

via Nyasa Times

Malawi President Chakwera declares State of Disaster to overcome COVID-19’s ‘crusade of death’

“The President admits that Malawi is entering a new danger zone, saying the death of the two ministers is an ‘incalculable loss’ to the nation.”

via Nyasa Times

Belekanyama becomes first Malawi minister to die from COVID-19

“Minister Local Government, Lingson Belekanyama, has been confirmed to have died of COVID-19, becoming the first minister and lawmaker in the country to succumb to the disease.”

via Nyasa Times

Malawi: Principal Secretary for Information Ministry dies of COVID-19

“Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Information Ernest Kantchentche died on Monday morning of COVID-19. Minister of Information Gospel Kazako announced the death in a brief statement. He said Kantchetche was an asset for the nation.”

via Nyasa Times

Malawi prisons register no COVID-19

“The presidential task force on COVID-19 has been informed that are no active virus pandemic cases currently in the country’s correctional facilities. According to prison’s chief medical officer, the prison facilities recorded a total of 463 COVID-19 cases since registering the first case in July.”

via Nyasa Times

COVID-19 affects sexual and reproductive health

“Mchinji District youth-friendly services coordinator Agness Jarafi says the COVID-19 pandemic has affected sexual and reproductive health (SRH) service delivery among youths.”

via Nyasa Times

Germany has no plans to repatriate its citizens from Malawi

“‘There is a global movement of people who want to travel back to their countries and this is understandable. However, as Germany, we have no such plans to repatriate our citizens given the situation there are more cases in Germany than Malawi, so there are no plans to do that,’ said the Ambassador.

via Nyasa Times

Nurses Call Off Strike Action: Malawi Gov’t Given Up to April 17 to Resolve Grievances

“National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi (Nonm) has asked its members to proceed to work normally after assurances by the government to resolve their grievances which include lack of protective equipment and welfare in the wake of coronavirus. The nurses have also demanded government to give them risk allowance of 70 percent of their basic salary, just like doctors.”

via Nyasa Times