Malawi Heading Towards Vaccine Crisis Again
Zodiak has established that the country is heading towards Covid-19 vaccine shortage again days after resuming administration of the vaccine.
Spot checks in some administration centers in the main cities of Lilongwe and Blantyre including districts of Phalombe and Mchinji show that stocks on the doses are running low forcing people to hunt for the jab in areas bordering their locations.
Ministry of Health spokesperson Adrian Chikumbe while acknowledging the development says the matter is being handled with the needed urgency.
It is of no doubt that the vaccine, is now the most prized commodity. In the capital, the quest for the vaccine has now turned into a hunt, the target? The health facilities in rural areas. Some are going all out, taking as far as a 30-kilometer distance to get it. This lady, Natasha Mwenifumbo, had to move from the city to Nsalu, a 30-kilometer distance.
"There is no vaccine in town. I even struggled to get the jab this side," she said.
All this rush and scramble, could not have happened two months ago when the Vaccination exercise was much intoxicated with bad beliefs, unfounded and misleading claims, and a high vaccine apathy.
The same cannot be said now, things have very much improved. A hard-hitting third wave with a menacing impact, as over a dozen every day, are losing their lives has quickly changed people's minds. It is now, that we are seeing that people have started taking the disease seriously than ever.
The fear to get tested and jabbed is slowly coming to an end, but now people are fearing that the 192 000 doses may not even last a week, as already Centers are reporting stock-outs. All in all, the Ministry of health spokesperson Adrian Chikumbe has given an assurance that the Ministry is doing all it can to handle the situation.
"We are working on bringing in other doses of the covid-19 vaccine which will be in the country in the next two weeks or so," he said.
President Lazarus Chakwera told the BBC recently that Malawi will get just over a million doses within two months, perhaps this may give people some hope.