Blantyre District Health Office Director of Health and Social Service Dr. Gift Kawalazira says Covid-19 rising cases might overrun vaccination exercise which currently is underway in the country.
Kawalazira made the remarks Tuesday afternoon in Blantyre BCA Hills at the launch of second phase administration in the district after vaccinating former President Dr. Bakili Muluzi.
Kawalazira told journalists that it is worrisome that Blantyre City is recording more new Covid-19 cases which he said currently stand above 15%.
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According to Kawalazira, the situation is dire against complacency on adherence to Covid-19 preventive measures.
“If we are not careful, the coronavirus disease might overrun the vaccination exercise, amid concerns of a third wave which has wreaked havoc in neighboring countries,” said Kawalazira.
The concern follows revelations that Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre has runout of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine, but Kawalazira said the DHO was supplied with 2,000 doses from other districts.
“We have depleted our stock of the Vaccine, we received 5000 doses. Now we are sourcing from nearby districts where they still have large unutilized stock,” said Kawalazira.
Addressing the concern, Spokesperson in the Ministry of Health Joshua Malango said the Ministry has sourced more doses from Lilongwe and are currently on their way to Blantyre.
The country is administering second phase of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine.