Malawi Government has reassured health workers in the country that their safety will be promised as they deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, who is also part of the Cabinet Committee on Covid-19, Francis Kasaila said this when he visited Dedza District Hospital on Tuesday to appreciate the district Hospital preparedness towards the combat against Covid-19.
“As government we will make sure that health workers are protected against this disease so that they can in turn assist the public without fear of getting infected.
We will make available all necessary personal protective equipment to health workers as well as grounds staff to enable them work in a safe environment,” explained Kasaila.
In his report to the Minister, Dedza District Commissioner, Emmanuel Bulukutu pointed out that the materials so far received from Government which include masks, overalls, sanitizers and gloves have been duly shared among health workers but called on the need for more.
Bulukutu also explained that the district has made available a shelter, which has been built with funds from UNICEF as an isolation and treatment centre for possible Covid-19 cases.
He also pointed out on the need for the laboratory within the district hospital to be able to test Covid-19 and report results to suspected patients within the shortest possible time.
Currently, samples of suspected patients are being sent to Public Health Institute of Malawi in Lilongwe for analysis.
Malawi has so far reported 16 Covid-19 cases and these are in Blantyre, Lilongwe, Nkhotakota and Chikwawa.
Government continues to ask the public to observe and respect the preventative measures, which have been put in place to avoid further spread of the corona virus.
Globally, over one million eight hundred thousand people have been infected with the corona virus and over one hundred thousand have lost their lives in this pandemic.