By George Mponda
Dedza, October 21, Mana: Community members in Dedza and Ntcheu districts have applauded Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) volunteers for their efforts towards curbing the spread of the novel Coronavirus.
Ntcheu District Hospital Chief Preventive Health Officer, Bosco Kaluwa, made the commendation in an interview on Monday.
He urged them to continue their efforts towards encouraging adherence to Covid-19 preventive measures amongst the masses.
Kaluwa said: “We need to give special recognition to MRCS for the efforts which they have applied in the district since the outbreak of Covid-19, the contribution of its volunteers and staff in response to the pandemic is what gives us hope.”
Ntcheu recorded 45 Covid-19 cases with one death.
According to Kaluwa the district does, currently, not have active cases which he attributed to interventions by stakeholders such as MRCS.
The district has trained Health Surveillance Assistants, mounted sanitary facilities and sponsoring awareness campaigns in the district.
In a separate interview Sub Inspector Felix Mapemba of the Immigration Department at Dedza border said the efforts put forth by those working with the organization have helped save a lot of lives.
“A lot of people use the border to travel out and get into the country which puts the district at risk but interventions by government and humanitarian organizations like MRCS, the impact of Covid-19 on the most vulnerable sections has been minimised,” he said.
MRCS Communication and Humanitarian Diplomacy Specialist, Felix Washon, appealed to Malawians to continue observing all the health guidelines which were put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“Other countries have experienced a surge in cases because people had started relaxing on the guidelines. However, we should continue adhering to the protocols which were set to protect the lives of Malawians,” he said.
MRCS has erected hand washing facilities at Lizulu and Msinje Primary Schools, health centers, police stations and at Dedza Border Post where its volunteers are also screening people at the border.