The Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 (PTF) has warned against laxity in adherence to Covid-19 preventive measures.
Speaking on Wednesday in Thyolo when she addressed the press after visiting the Malawi University of Science and Technology and Thyolo Prison, Co-Chairperson of the taskforce and Minister of Health, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, said the laxity by some members of the general public in observing basic Covid-19 preventive measures is worrisome.
“Covid-19 is still there and poses a big threat to the nation. We are registering a few cases as compared to some months ago but this does not mean that Covid-19 is over.
“We need not to relax, let us all guard our lives jealously by continuing to observe [Covid-19] preventive measures such as handwashing, social distancing and wearing a mask. Prevention is better than cure,” said Chiponda who, during the visit, was accompanied by two members of the taskforce namely; Monsignor Dr. Patrick Thawale and Innocencia Chirombo.
Commenting on the impression she made out of the visit to MUST and Thyolo Prison, Chiponda said she was impressed by strides made by the two institutions in preventing Covid-19.
“MUST has made great innovations aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19. The university has innovated automatic water dispensers which use sensors. You do not have to touch the tap, water flows automatically just by getting closer to the dispenser and this reduces the risk of infection. I am pleased to learn than the water dispensers have been sold to a number of institutions in the country.
“I am also pleased to note that MUST is working on coming up with various types of ventilators and reusable plastic masks. As for the prison, it is encouraging to note that authorities ensure that the facility is disinfected after every two months,” said Chiponda.
Earlier on Tuesday, Chirombo and Thawale visited Mwanza border, Mbayani Primary School in Blantyre and later had a meeting with Blantyre City and District Councils.
The visits were organised to monitor and appreciate various interventions that are being implemented to prevent, contain and manage Covid-19 pandemic.
Other members of the taskforce visited some districts in the northern region, (Karonga and Mzimba) central region (Dedza) and South East (Zomba, Machinga and Mangochi) on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In the picture, Chiponda washes her hands using the automatic water dispenser upon her arrival at MUST