Late Reporting of Cases to Medics Causing Fatalities in Malawi - UNICEF
A UNICEF situation report for the week 23 to 29 July indicates that the increase in the number of COVID-19 fatalities is mainly due to late reporting and limited management capacity at emergency treatment centers.
The report also laments the increase in locally transmitted infections, an indication that the pandemic is now spreading in the communities compromised by returnees from South Africa
"Currently, locally transmitted infections at 2,775 are almost three times the number of imported cases which are at 963. This is an indication that infection is now high within communities; a situation which has been compounded by the continued in flow of Malawians returning from South Africa,” reads part of the report
It also notes that a number of front line health workers have inevitably succumbed to Covid-19, a thing which might have a negative effect in the delivery of other essential services at health facilities.
As a solution the report emphasizes on the need for increased number of treatment centers as the country continues to register more Covid-19 cases.
"There is an urgent need to increase the number of treatment centers in view of the steady escalation of COVID-19 cases in the country and the increased need for hospitalization of symptomatic patients"
Co-Chairperson of the presidential task force on Covid-19, Dr John Phuka while acknowledging late reporting might be a societal challenge, asked for ample time to comment on the report by UNICEF saying he is yet to see it.
Currently, Malawi has registered over 4000 Covid-19 cases and over 100 deaths.