Covid-19 Vaccines Crucial for Malawi - Matemba

Matemba - Vaccine is crucial to deal with the pandemic Matemba - Vaccine is crucial to deal with the pandemic - pic by Steve Kalungwe

As cases of Covid-19 continue to surge in the country, a heath rights activist Maziko Matemba has asked government to take a bold step and purchase Covid-19 vaccines.

He says this is one of the crucial ways of fighting the pandemic although it might look expensive.

"As a country we need to have the vaccines now, and vaccinate our citizens as experience is showing that patients are not staying long; they are passing away," said Matemba.

While appreciating the idea of a partial lockdown, Matemba says Malawi should intensify border patrols and tighten Covid-19 prevention measures in cities where most of the cases are being registered.

"Case management is also paramount to the fight against the virus, we need to tighten up control measures in our cities as most returnees, for example, from South Africa, flock to the cities. So we are losing a lot due to lack of proper case management," he added.

He observes that, the new strain of the virus is coming from outside Malawi hence a need to manage returnees well right at the borders and get released into the society once certified to be Covid-19 free.

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) proposed to government to impose a partial lockdown in a bid to arrest the further spread of Covid-19.

HRDC national coordinator Luke Tembo said the lockdown should be imposed after careful consideration of all measures to ensure that human rights are not violated in the process.

Meanwhile, president Chakwera in his speech to the nation yesterday Tuesday, said he has directed the vice president to work with other four ministries of defense, heath, information and civic education to review Covid-19 guidelines as a step into the enforcement of new COVID-19 prevention measures.

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