Queens’ COVID-19 treatment units operating at half of needed healthcare workers; As MYU fulfill its medical supply donation

Mponda (2nd left) receives the donation from MYU on behalf of Queens * As of Monday, Queens had 86 admissions * This is from the total of 323 active cases admitted in over 20 hospitals * Lilongwe having the highest at 128, Zomba 20 and 15 in Mzimba North. * Monday had 592 new COVID-19 cases, 81 new recoveries and 10 new deaths * Bringing total active cases at 12,479; recoveries at 6,780 and 518 deaths. * Case fatality…

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Malawi top golf pros Chidale, Kachepatsonga, Moses off to Kenya for 3 Safari Tour tournaments

Kachepatsonga, Chidale and Moses at Kamuzu International Airport just before their departure * Courtesy of air ticket sponsorship from Optichem Ltd, Sunseed Oil and Hallmark Creations By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi top golf pros — Paul Chidale, Victor Kachepatsonga and Simon Moses — left for Kenya on Tuesday to play in three Safari Tours that will start from January 30 in Mombasa at Nyali Golf & Country Club, followed by Muthaiga Golf Club on February 6 and finally on February…

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Former Blantyre City Mayor Chalamanda, three top corporate executives lead a new COVID-19 response fundraising initiative

* Named Covid Response Foundation * A non-profit making and wholly voluntary foundation * Incorporated under the Companies Act of Malawi * To focus its attention for a start on the Queens By Duncan Mlanjira Former Mayor of the City of Blantyre, Noel Chalamanda — together with three corporate executives — Allan Hans Muhome; Eric Chapola and Donbell Mandala, are leading a newly-formed Coronavirus response fundraising initiative — named Covid Response Foundation. An introduction on its website, www.crfmw.org, says…

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Number of new COVID-19 recoveries increase by the day; 179 as of past 24hrs, 38 new deaths and 956 new cases

* 950 new cases are local transmissions with Blantyre highest at 246 * 15 of the new deaths are from from Lilongwe, Blantyre 10 * 238 cases are currently admitted, with Blantyre as highest at 76, Lilongwe 53 By Duncan Mlanjira The number of COVID-19 recover cases keeps on rising despite the exponential increase of new cases and new related deaths being registered every single day. In the past 24 hours, there were 179 new recoveries of which 44…

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Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 warns of some Coronavirus testing malpractices amongst some private hospitals

Presidential task force’s co-chairperson Dr. John Phuka * Ministry of Health increases COVID-19 testing sites across the country By Duncan Mlanjira The presidential task force on COVID-19 sends out an alert to the general public that they have received reports that some private hospitals and pharmacies are providing/selling rapid antibody tests for COVID-19 as a way of diagnosing COVID-19 disease. In today’s update, the task force’s co-chairperson Dr. John Phuka said the Ministry of Health has thus warned suppliers and…

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Developing Malawi Requires A Lot of Creativity

By Cedrick Ngalande The greatest problem facing these African countries is what I call, “following in the footsteps” syndrome. In a scenario where one person is leading the other in, say a forest, the person in front is forced to exercise his creativity to decide which  path to chart. The person behind only has to do one thing: wait for the leader to remove his foot so, he can place his own in that footprint. He does not need…

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How do you develop a poor country? A plan is not enough

By Cedrick Ngalande Mike Tyson the famed American boxer once said: “Everybody has a plan until he gets punched in the face”. Since 1964, six men and one woman have come forward with plans to develop the nation.  The plans have ranged from Kamuzu’s ‘Gwero visions’ to Muluzi’s ‘Everybody will wear shoes in my government’; from Bingu’s ‘Dreaming in Color” to Chakwera’s ‘1 million jobs in 6 months and cheap fertilizer/subsidy for everybody’. Most of those plans have failed. As…

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Introducing a weekly column by NASA fellow, Aeronautical Engineer Dr. Cedrick Ngalande

Sundays with Cedrick * He expressed interest to run for Malawi Presidential race for the 2019 tripartite elections * He has published several scholarly papers on ‘microscale thrusters using pulse optical lattices’ * He obtained his PhD from the University of Southern California By Duncan Mlanjira US-based Aeronautical Engineer, Dr. Cedrick Ngalande — who expressed interest to run for Malawi Presidential race for the 2019 tripartite elections — has expressed the desire to run a weekly column in Maravi…

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A call to the public to donate towards ‘Feed the Frontline Healthcare Workers Fund’; To provide a meal a day at Queens

* Blantyre couple joins COVID-19 private citizens intervention with a difference * First meals served at Queens on Friday * The smiles I have seen  during deliveries have absolutely been a key driver of this initiative * Kenani and Wa Pulimuheya are taking the lead of raising funds towards procurement of essential medical supplies for all hospitals By Duncan Mlanjira While the main focus on helping in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is on pooling…

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After Day 8 of COVID-19 Response Private Citizens has K75.6m as combined cash spent and cash-in-hand

TNM tick themselves off with a donation to Society of Medical Doctors By Duncan Mlanjira The combined cash spent and cash-in-hand is at K75,620,115 for the COVID-19 Response Private Citizens which one of Malawi’s well-known social issues commentator, Onjezani Kenani initiated eight days ago. Kenani reports that the cash in hand is K31.7 million the money spent is K33,878,859 to procure 40 cylinders; 40 flowmeters as well as oxygen in those 40 cylinders (K17,378,859.20) while K16,500,000 was used to…

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