UTM Cuts Short Covid-19 Interventions
UTM has been forced to cut short the distribution of detergents and dissemination of information on Covid-19 across the country.
The development comes after government ordered the opposition political parties to cancel their corona virus sensitization tours to allow the ministry of health take lead.
UTM Professionals and Ambassadors Patron, Felix Njawala, told Zodiak Online Tuesday they will abide by the orders but was quick to say the exercise will continue after getting the said information.
“We will halt the exercise for now. We will write government as per the directive. It’s unfortunate because it’s everyone’s responsibility to disseminate information on Covid-19 prevention,” lamented Njawala.
He further said; “in this era of technology, the World Health Organization (WHO) is posting all latest information on Corona virus on its website, we get information there even the ministry of health gets the information from the WHO website,” said Njawala.
UTM members distributed soap door to door in Singano village under the area of Traditional Authority Kuntaja in Blantyre in an apparent move to help prevent the deadly virus.
One of the beneficiaries, Jonathan Chiwaya, hailed UTM for the initiative describing it as critical in saving lives of people from the deadly disease.
“There are some households who cannot afford detergents, this could expose them to the deadly virus,” said Chiwaya.
Government has faulted UTM and Malawi Congress party (MCP) for disseminating Covid 19 information arguing it is inappropriate without any orientation by the Ministry of Health.
The Minister of Information Mark Botoman in a statement argues incorrect information is a setback to the fight against coronavirus.
As of March 24, 2020, Covid-19 had spread to 6 continents, and approximately 16, 565 people have died of the respiratory virus. Italy is the worst hit with 6, 077 deaths so far.