Nkhata-Bay Chiefs Lead Fight Against COVID-19; Cholera
Local leaders in Nkhata-Bay have vowed to take leading roles in the fight against Covid-19 and cholera as the district prepares for the launch of integrated Covid-19 Vaccination and Tithetse Cholera campaigns.
Chairperson for Nkhata-Bay Chiefs Forum, Senior Chief Mkumbira made the remarks on Tuesday during an extra-ordinary full council meeting at the district council chamber where authorities were being briefed of the duo campaign as set by the government.
Senior Chief Mkumbira said local leaders realise the importance of their roles in society hence their stance to be champions of the campaign.
He said, "Most challenges in fighting Covid 19 and Cholera have been on behavior change which if we the leaders stand high and denounce them change can be realized. As such, the chiefs’ forum will strategize measures to deal with all sorts of community-based challenges, including punishments to those who will not be adhering."
Chairperson for Nkhata Bay Market Foster Mhone appealed for authorities to include markets as priority targets during the intervention, saying these are places where different people meet and can easily aid the spread of the diseases.
Mhone further indicated that he will communicate with fellow market authorities across the district about the initiative and the need to exercise utmost hygiene.
Nkhata Bay District Health Promotions Officer Christopher Singini said health personnel in the district are geared for the task in all areas and that most of the materials are ready.
However, he asked communities to follow preventive measures of both Covid 19 and cholera other than relying on treatment.
Singini said, "We experience high demand of medical treatment than the available resources and personnel which results into more deaths. Therefore, it is our plea that we priotize prevention of these outbreaks and be free."
The government through the Ministry of Health and Ministry Local Government, Unity and Culture has planned a district-level integrated Covid 19 and cholera campaign for twelve days starting from 2 March following a national launch by President Lazarus Chakwera last month.
Last modified on Wednesday, 01/03/2023