Chakwera condemns beating of health workers

State President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera says Tonse Alliance government will not tolerate attacks on health personnel in the country. The development comes after revelations that some community members from Mchinji beat up an ambulance driver and health workers on their duty to bury a person who died of Covid-19. The angry community members alleged their fellow did not die of Covid-19 and demanded that they want follow all procedures in burying their fellow, a situation which forced the health workers to return with the dead body to Mchinji District Hospital mortuary. Speaking during a 1 address on the war against Covid-19 at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on 21st February, Dr. Chakwera said the health workers do not deserve such harsh treatment from the communities they are serving because they are frontline soldiers in the Covid-19 fight. Condemning the unpleasant act, Dr. Chakwera said the health workers should be hailed for the role they are playing in protecting the communities from contracting Covid-19. “I must strongly condemn the recent beating of ambulance drivers and health personnel during their routine delivery of the remains of those who died of Covid-19. It is to the credit of our health workers that we are able to bury those who die of Covid-19 in a way that does not expose the living to infection. It is also to their credit that we take comfort in the recovery of 2,861 people in the past week. No attack on our health personnel will be tolerated”, said Dr. Chakwera. During the 1 address, the State President also encouraged Malawians to continue adhering to Covid-19 preventive measures which he said helping in the fight against the pandemic. Dr. Chakwera assured Malawians that government’s goal is to lower positivity rate from the current 15% to 5% or lower to ease restrictions and allow the country’s economy to breathe.