Lilongwe, July 26, Mana: Deputy Minister of Health, Chrissie Kalamula Kanyasho, has blamed the increased COVID-19 deaths in the country on misinformation about the COVID-19, saying the development has led to the death of innocent people.
She said if they were vaccinated against the Corona Virus, more people could have been saved from the jaws of the deadly pandemic.
Kanyasho made the remarks on Monday at Capitol Hill in Lilongwe when she, on behalf of the ministry, received a donation of one million facemasks worth 30, 000 USD (about MK23 million) from World Star Betting Company (WSB).
“I urge all Malawians to disregard the misinformation on COVID-19 vaccination, which leads to many [people] not following preventative measures.
“This misinformation has sadly contributed to the increase in the death toll with many admitted in our isolation centres and hospitals,” she said.
The Deputy Minister then thanked WSB for the timely donation of the facemasks which she said would go a long way in cushioning further spread of the lethal COVID-19.
Different types of unverified information on COVID-19, which is sourced through social media, has also led to some citizens developing unwillingness to get vaccinated against the virus.
WSB-UK Representative, David Saeluzika, while speaking of the donation, revealed that his company would start supporting various sporting activities including football.
“As part of corporate social responsibility, we will soon join hands with other sponsors in promoting football and move to other sporting activities funds permitting.
“We have made this commitment today because we felt duty-bound to respond by joining the government [in its COVID-19 response drive] knowing that government alone cannot fight it.
“We also considered the high cost of awareness campaign, preventive measures including personal protective equipment and treatment which is extremely high and complex,” said Saeluzika.
Malawi is likely to use more than one type of COVID-19 vaccines, according to the ministry of health. The country used AstraZeneca in the first phase of the vaccination.