One More COVID19 Case Registered in Mzuzu
Minister of health Jappie Mhango says there’s need for scaling up preventive efforts to contain further local transmissions as the country registers 38th case of Covid-19 from Chiputula location in Mzuzu.
The case is a 37 year old woman said to have contracted the virus after coming into contact with the first Kaliyeka case in Lilongwe a few weeks ago.
According to Mhango, health workers are currently tracing all contacts of the current case although the woman has a record of having been in self-isolation the moment the Kaliyeka case which she had contact with came to light.
Her samples were sent to Mzuzu central hospital laboratory where they came out positive on Friday.
“the new case has come from local transmission after coming in contact with the first Kaliyeka case and is a lady from Chiputula in Mzuzu, who has been in self-isolation since she came to realize the threat,” said Mhango
Despite applauding efforts by communities to alert health workers wherever they come across suspected cases, Mhango said it is still sad that some Malawians to date do not believe that Malawi has COVID19 cases.
“Covid-19 is a global pandemic, almost all countries have been affected, how can Malawi be an exception? Let us also accept and follow all preventive measures that way we will win the fight together," said Mhango
The Mzuzu case which comes two days after the city registered its first case, has brought to 38 the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country.
26 cases are said to be clinically stable, while 9 have recovered and 3 have died since the first case was registered in the country on 2nd April.
Saturday morning a few hours before the recent case was announced, communities of Lubinga area 1b protested over the decision to turn Football Association of Malawi FAM facility to be an institutional quarantine Centre for Covid-19 cases.
Communities engaged in running battles with police as community’s burnt beds and mattresses that were brought to the facility. The community’s argument is that the facility is not well fenced a development that poses a health risk in case some quarantined cases decide to bolt.
Apart from the FAM centre, Mzuzu central hospital also has a quarantine centre.
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