President Lazarus Chakwera has saluted health workers for the important role they are playing in Malawi’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chakwera made the remarks Sunday evening in Lilongwe during the launch of inaugural annual Zikomo Presidential Awards ceremony, aimed at thanking frontline health personnel for the role they are playing in Malawi’s response against the pandemic.
According to the State President, without dedicated health workers, the Tonse Administration could not have delivered what it has in one year, in the wake of the negative impact of the global health outbreak.
“Health workers the country celebrates tonight, contributed and continue to contribute to preserving the economy from shrinking as their effort grant space for development doings to prevail,” said Chakwera.
Chakwera further invited individuals to borrow a leaf from health workers who spend most of their time strategizing on how to save the country better unlike camping and baking ideas to bring someone down.
The ceremony was spiced up by live performances from different music groups.
In her words, one of the awardees, Dr Tamara Phiri from Kamuzu Central hospital described president’s gesture as a milestone saying this will encourage health workers to work with pomp.
However, Phiri disclosed that through the journey were tonnes of setbacks, some were physical assaults and verbal abuse from the citizenry.
Meanwhile she has requested government to put aside more resources to be used in health sector.
Another awardee Tamara Phiri, a Covid-19 Team Leader and Doctor at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital said she has learned a lot over the past 18 months.
Phiri said there are many unsung heroes providing health care to patients in the country that need to be recognized.
Among those who attended the event were Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima and former President Dr Joyce Banda.
At least 37 health officers have received individual awards