COVID-19 affects MBTS blood collection; Muslim Youth United to hold second donation camp Sunday

By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi Blood Transfusion Service (MBTS), a non-profit organisation established by the Ministry of Health in 2003 to ensure safe and adequate supply of blood to hospitals throughout the country, fails to meet the target it is required to collect of 120,000 units of blood annually but only manages 63,000 units. However, the under-collection challenge was exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic as its voluntary donors were not forthcoming due to preventive measures of restricting movements. Most…

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Clinton Health Access Initiative supporting cervical cancer death prevention program

By Alice Mambosasa, MANA Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), together with Ministry of Health, has embarked on strengthening system tools for cancer control to support widespread screening and treatment of precancerous lesions. The two- year program, that aims at preventing deaths due to cervical cancer, will support national scale up of thermal ablation for treatment through procurement of devices and training provision.   Speaking on Tuesday during district executive committee meeting in Blantyre, CHAI’s program associate, Chifundo Makwakwa said…

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President Chakwera launches National Clean-up Day campaign

By Chimwemwe Njoloma, MANA ‘A Clean Environment: My right, My Responsibility’, is the theme under which the National Clean-up Day — aimed at promoting both organised and individual clean up events and volunteering to keep the outdoors clean — was launched by State President Dr Lazarus Chakwera on Wednesday. Joined by the First Lady, Madame Monica Chakwera; the Vice-President, Saulos Chilima; the British High Commissioner to Malawi, David Beer and other high profile dignitaries, Chakwera participated in the ceremonial…

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Israel pledges to support establishment of cancer centre at Kamuzu Central Hospital

By Tione Andsen, MANA In its commitment to expand its cooperation to Malawi’s health sector, Israel has made a commitment to support Malawi’s efforts in developing a cancer centre at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe. Minister of Foreign Affairs Eisenhower Mkaka disclosed this Saturday on arrival in Lilongwe from Jerusalem, Israel where he went at the invitation of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel, Gabi Ashkenazi.   Mkaka said the two countries would exchange information…

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Cumulatively, Malawi COVID-19 recovery cases at 5,346; Africa at 1,540,801

By Duncan Mlanjira, Maravi Express & allAfrica.com In the past 24 hours of Friday, November 6, has Malawi cumulatively registered 5,346 COVID-19 recoveries, bringing the total number of active cases to 412 from the 648 tests that were conducted New registered COVID-19 case are two while eight are new recoveries and no new related deaths. Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 5,942 cases including 184 deaths and of these cases, 1,170 are imported infections and 4,772 are locally transmitted while cumulatively, 65,355 tests have been…

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3 of COVID-19 rules were asked by Israelites to practice over 3,500 years ago

By Duncan Mlanjira The three COVID-19 preventive measures of social distancing, washing of hands and wearing of masks were practised by the people of Israel over 3,500 year ago as chronicled in the Holy Bible. On hand washing, Exodus 30:18-21 says: “Make a bronze basin, with its bronze stand, for washing. Place it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it. 19 Aaron and his sons are to wash their hands and feet with water from it. 20 Whenever they enter…

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Ministry of Health loses important health management data collected since March

By Duncan Mlanjira The Ministry of Health has lost important database that was collected since March this year after the server for the Health Management Information System (HMIS) crashed. A notice from Secretary of Health, Dr. Charles Mwansambo dated October 28, says the HMIS internet platform for the Ministry, which was operating on DHIS2 server, experienced “an incident” on October 2 and in the process of maintenance and restoration, it was discovered that the backup database was corrupted, resulting…

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Citizen voices out serious concerns to Ministry of Health over COVID-19 tests

By Duncan Mlanjira A citizen has voiced out some concerns on the Ministry of Health’s Facebook page over his experiences when he went for COVID-19 tests at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH). The concerned citizen observes that people are being asked to pay for the tests even when originally the fee-paying service was meant for people who are to travel outside the country. He said after having been unwell with cold symptoms and fevers for a longer period despite…

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Malawians lack skills in storage of harvested crops — WFP Country Director on World Food Day

By Daniel Namwini, MANA World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director, Marco Cavalcante has said too many people in Malawi cannot sustainably feed their families or safeguard their communities’ resources for the future because of their lack of skills to handle and store harvested crops. Cavalcante said this on Friday when Malawi joined the rest of the world in commemoration of World Food Day and Africa Day for food and nutrition security at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe. He said this…

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CDC chief urges African countries to prepare for second wave of COVID-19 infections

allAfrica.com & Duncan Mlanjira, Maravi Express Director of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), John Nkengasong has warned African countries to prepare for a possible second wave of COVID-19 infections. Speaking during a virtual press conference on on Thursday, Nkengasong said the number of new cases in several African countries is showing a slight increase. As of Saturday, October 31, the confirmed COVID-19 cases from 55 African countries have reached 1,774,409 with reported deaths at 42,629…

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