Malawi Chiefs Blames Laxity On Covid-19

By Glory Msowoya 

Blantyre, December 9, Mana: Traditional leaders in Blantyre have expressed dismay with looseness on efforts to win the battle against deadly novel coronavirus.

This come as one of the country’s key development partner United Nations (UN) Women in Malawi donated some personal protective equipments (PPEs) to eight senior chiefs based in Blantyre on Tuesday.

The chiefs feared that with lowered efforts in providing awareness to the citizenry is a call for wary as it gives room for possible spike of Covid-19 cases.

Speaking to Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Tuesday Traditional Authority (TA) Kapeni of Blantyre hailed UN Womens’s gesture for the donation.

“The donation is timely because if we are to interact with communities, we need to protect ourselves but if not that that means our lives will be in danger.

“I cannot hide, l have seen people in my area not following all Covid-19 preventive measures of but I’m trying my level best to continue sensitizing the people.

“We need to strictly follow all the preventive measures wholesomely and we need to treat everyone that we meet as a potential carrier of the virus,”Kapeni said.

National Programs Officer for UN women in Malawi, Pamela Mkwamba, said the organisation targeted senior’s chiefs from 14 districts to receive PPEs as one way of easing some of the challenges being faced in efforts to deal with Covid-19 in their areas.

“During the consultative process between UN Women and chiefs on Covid-19 this year, one of the requests from chiefs was that UN Women should come up with ways on how chiefs will be protected while sending Covid-19 messages to the communities.

“The request for paramount and senior chiefs to have PPEs was valid and that is why as UN women we thought it wise to honor their request,” she said.

Mkwamba has, therefore, called for collective efforts in dealing with Covid-19 to avoid the country from having the second wave of covid-19.

“This is the time where as a country we need to work together in sensitizing the public on issues to do with Covid-19. We should not relax. As of now some of the countries have started registering the second wave of Covid-19. So, the need not to relax is very crucial,” she added.

The donated PPEs included face masks, buckets, liquid and tablet soap.