Ntchisi COVID-19 vaccination program to prioritize recipients of the first dose

Ntchisi, July 26, Mana: Ntchisi District Council has received 6,100 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, set to be administered in all its health facilities from Tuesday, Malawi News Agency (MANA) has established.

The council’s Director of Health and Social Services, Dr. Lumbani Munthali, said in an interview on Monday that all those who received the first dose before May 8, 2021, are eligible to receive the second dose from any of the health facilities in the district.

“The doses we have been given are few and we are prioritizing those who are due for their second dose,” said Munthali.

According to Munthali, only 458 people in the district received both first and second doses while only 22,940 received the first dose during the initial COVID-19 vaccination exercise.

Munthali: People who got the first dose to get priority

Ntchisi has registered 567 cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths as of Sunday, July 25, 2021.

Meanwhile, the district has intensified COVID-19 preventive measures to contain further spread of the virus.

The district's Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response Coordinator, Yotamu Kwauma, said through the District Health Office, by-laws on COVID-19 have been formulated in the district which, among other things, advocate for a reduction in the number of people attending funerals.

Misozi Mbewe from Traditional Authority (T.A.) Malenga in the district said she was looking forward to receiving her second dose of the vaccine, having waited for over a month.