T/A Nkula communities ask for Covid-19 PPEs

Machinga, July 15, Mana: Chairperson for Nkula Risk Community Communication Engagement Committee, Edison White, says Covid-19 messages can only be meaningful to communities if they are accompanied with Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPEs).  

White said most community members are failing to comply to Covid-19 messages because they don’t have access to PPEs that can protect them from the pandemic.

He made the remarks on Wednesday at Machinga Health Centre during a field monitoring visit to a project called Covid-19 Prevention and Vaccine Demand Creation.

“As a committee, we are disseminating Covid-19 messages to communities in markets, schools and other public places. But we sometimes fail to convince the community since they don’t have equipment,” he said.

The committee is encouraging communities to prevent the pandemic by using locally available resources.

Machinga District Hospital Health Promotion Officer, Clifton Ngozo said the second wave of Covid-19 has hit hard Nkula area hence the project.

He said the health office is engaging the community to understand Covid-19 by encouraging them to get a Covid-19 jab, adding: “The Risk Community Communication Engagement Committee members are taking the messages down to the communities at household level.”

Ngozo concurred with White that most communities need PPEs but was quick to ask other organisations to come in and support different communities.   

Development Communications Trust is implementing a social and behaviour change intervention with K18.5 million from FHI 360’s Health Communications for Life.

The project is mobilising communities to adopt Covid-19 preventive measures and increase uptake of Covid-19 vaccine.