8 unscrupulous pharmacies fined for unconscionable conduct in relation to COVID-19

By Duncan Mlanjira At its extra-ordinary board meeting in Lilongwe on April 24, the Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC) imposed fines to eight pharmacy shops for unconscionable conduct, specifically excessive pricing, in relation to the supply of essential protective and preventive equipment used in the management of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting by the Board of Commissioners was convened specifically to consider and adjudicate over 16 cases of alleged unfair trading practices and found guilty eight pharmacy…

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COVID-19 exposes that Malawians can work in solidarity to help each other in times of crises

By Duncan Mlanjira Since Malawi was affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in April, the public has commendably joined hands in solidarity to assist the government fight the global pandemic. This was said by director of social services at Blantyre District Health Office (DHO), Dr. Gift Kawalazira when he received the donation of personal protective equipment (PPEs) worth MK3.3 million (£3,700) which were procured by UK-based Malawian Bruno Kantiki. Kantiki, who is with the British Army, raised the funds to…

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Financial abuse of public expenditure tracking affects maternity services in Chitipa

Maravi Express The upgrading process of Thelele Health Post in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Wavikaza in Chitipa District facility to a full health centre to cater for expectant mothers has delayed due to financial mess of the K19 million community managed socio-economic project (COMSEP) funded project. Investigations carried out by Public Expenditure Tracking (PET) focal team has revealed that mismanagement of public funds and failure by District Council officials to monitor and supervise construction works of the…

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COVID-19 cases across Africa exceed 107,000

allAfrica.com As of Sunday, May 24 confirmed the COVID-19 total cases from 55 African countries has reached 107,747 with reported deaths reaching 3,257 and recoveries 42,924. The numbers are compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University using statistics from the World Health Organization and other international institutions as well national and regional public health departments. South Africa has the most reported cases — 21,342, with deaths numbering 407.  Other most-affected countries include Egypt…

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Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Letter says COVID-19 pandemic has exposed how health care service is under-resourced

By Duncan Mlanjira The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has exposed how under-resourced Malawi’s health system is in terms of infrastructure, equipment and personnel.  This is contained in the Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Letter which was released on Sunday and says this deteriorating health system has happened because for a long time the country’s leaderships have not put enough resources into the system and some of the little that has been put into it has been misused.  “In addition, there was over…

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Four ways to combat malaria in Africa in times of COVID-19

Analysis by Ifeanyi Nsofor, allAfrica.com Globally there are more than 5.1 million cases of COVID-19 with most cases currently in high income countries. The U.S. and Europe are responsible for 72% of COVID-19 cases, 63% of recoveries and 82% of deaths.  As of Friday, May 22, confirmed cases from 55 African countries has reached 99,976 with reported deaths reaching 3,094 and recoveries 39,335. South Africa has the most reported cases — 19,137, with deaths numbering 369. Other most-affected countries…

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To stop falling behind, Africa needs proactive approach to beat pandemics

By Esther Rose, allAfrica.com The novel Coronavirus pandemic has claimed over 300,000 lives worldwide, and like in the rest of the world, Africa is seeing COVID-19 tighten its grip, with over 91,000 confirmed cases, 2,906 deaths and 35,843 recoveries by May 20, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). While speculation grows on the origin of the virus and words become more heated between the US, China and the WHO, Africa as a developing continent, needs to find solutions…

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Chikwawa senior citizens provided with COVID-19 prevention kits

By Lawrence Chilomo, MANA Centre for the Alternatives for Victimised Women and Children (CAVWOC) has distributed COVID-19 prevention kits to 60 households headed by elderly people in Ngabu in Chikwawa District. CAVWOC presented the items it received from one of its partners that included buckets and soap valued at K650,000, to the elderly on Monday at Mthandizi Community Based Organisation in the district. One of the beneficiaries, Zamkinyu Seda from Malemia II Village commended CAVWOC for the gesture, saying…

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Balaka DHO warns journalists of COVID-19 during campaign rallies

By Andrew Mukhuwa, MEC Stringer Balaka District Office (DHO) has advised journalists to conduct themselves with utmost care as they discharge their duties during the fresh presidential election campaign going on in the country in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The DHO’s Community Health Coordinator, John Chiwaya said this on Tuesday at Balaka Stadium after a review meeting organised to update the media of how the district has fared since activities in response to COVID- 19 threat. “We understand…

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Mzuzu Central Hospital intensifies COVID-19 measures

By Wisdom Ngwira, MANA Mzuzu Central Hospital has opened a new guardian shelter and carpark as a new drive to contain further spread of the Coronavirus. The new facility has limited number of guardians and visitors in gaining entry into the hospital’s wards and the mortuary. Mzuzu Central Hospital spokesperson, Arnold Kaira said with more COVID-19 cases being registered, it was necessary for the hospital to ensure that new measures are introduced and adhered to by all people. “In…

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