Health expert pleads for vigilance against Covid-19 fourth wave

Health expert pleads for vigilance against Covid-19 fourth wave

Executive Director for Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN) George Jobe has called on Malawians to be vigilant against Covid-19 following the announcement the country has registered cases of the new strain- Omicron.

“We expected that announcement from the ministry of health, it was just a matter of time, Malawi is in a global village and there are a lot of travel between Malawi and South Africa where the variant was detected.

“We need to live this reality now that we have another variant, all we need is to follow all the preventive measures in a bid to prevent the spread of this new variant,” Jobe said

He then said with the festive season coming ahead there is need for serious enforcement of preventive measures to avoid the spread of new Covid-19 variant.

“For the enforcement to succeed there is need to engage community leaders and committee at different levels for example in markets ,anyone doing business in market or someone going to buy must wear a mask  that must be enforced by  market committees and  the chiefs together with area development  committees, village development committees must also enforce preventive measures to funerals and other gatherings in the communities and religious leaders must also be given the same responsibility,” he said

During the announcement on Thursday minister of health who is also co-chairperson of Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 Khumbidze Kandodo Chiponda said three people based in Lilongwe have tested positive to Omicron Covid-19 virus, but they are asymptomatic and are on self-isolation.

Chiponda further decried the continued relaxation in observing prevention measures, with increased public gatherings such as political rallies and weddings.

On Covid-19 statistics, as of December 8th 2021, Malawi recorded a total of 62,053 cases including 2,307 deaths and with 688 active cases.