Minibus operators accept 2 per seat against COVID-19

Glory Msowoya, MANA Minibus Owners Association of Malawi (MOAM) has agreed to reduce passengers capacity to two people per sit in a quest to protect citizens from Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. MOAM together with officials from Road Traffic Directorate made the resolution on Thursday during a meeting aimed at finding ways of protecting passengers from the deadly virus despite the country not registering a single case. MOAM national chairperson Felix Mbonekera told Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Friday that effective…

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Coronavirus alert: Ministry of Transport suspends all cross-border passenger travel

By Duncan Mlanjira Among several precautionary measures against the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Ministry of Transport & Public Works has suspended all cross-border passenger travel is effective April 1st, 2020 A statement from Minister Ralph Jooma, says this is in line with the declaration of Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by World Health Organization (WHO), and in line with the declaration of a National State of Disaster by President, Prof Peter Mutharika. All international flights are suspended…

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Blantyre DHO appeals for beds for quarantine facility

By Loness Gwazanga, MANA Blantyre District Health Office (DHO) is appealing to partners to assist the office with beds to be used at the quarantine facility at Kameza. Blantyre District Medical Officer (DMO) Dr. Miriam Jere revealed on Friday during a stakeholders’ meeting which attracted a cross section of health partners that the facility only has 10 beds. “In the event that there are a number of COVID-19 confirmed cases, we will have a big problem to accommodate them,”…

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Muslim Youth United supports Queens’ neurosurgical and orthopaedic Ward’s with health products in fight against Coronavirus

By Duncan Mlanjira Muslim Youth United (MYU), who adopted and takes care of Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Queens) neurosurgical and orthopaedic wards of the Pediatric section, has donated health products for better care of the patients against Coronavirus (COVID-19). The donated items include 1,000 face masks, 50 washing stations, liquid dispensers and disinfectant fluids. Muslim Youth United is supporting Pediatric section under the WE CARE program, in which they are expected to be supplying the neurosurgical and orthopaedic wards’…

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World Vision Malawi donates Coronavirus supplies to Ministry of Health

  By Tione Andsen, MANA World Vision Malawi on Thursday donated medical supplies and equipment worth K80 million to Ministry of Health in a drive to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. The donated items included 50,000 gloves, 3,000 face masks, 1,000 gowns, 12 tonnes of powdered soap, 90×20 kgs of chlorine, 8 tonnes of assorted bar soap and 100 buckets of water. Presenting the items in Lilongwe, Programmes Manager, Charles Chimombo  said the donation would…

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National Muslim Prison Board donates sanitary products to prisons nationwide

  By Duncan Mlanjira In response to calls for all stakeholders to assist in precautionary measures against the spread of Coronavirus, Malawi’s National Muslim Prison Board has donated sanitary products to all prisons nationwide, including regional management offices as well as the Head Office in Zomba. The nationwide ‘Protect Through Sanition Project’ initiative towards mitigating the impact of the dreaded COVID-19 virus, will at the end of the day have distributed 110 washing stations which include a 30lt bucket with…

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Blantyre City Mayor Ndipo urges all businesses to provide hand washing utensils for customers

  By Duncan Mlanjira Blantyre City Mayor Councillor Wild Ndipo has urged all public service providers to put in place deliberate measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19 that includes making a provision of hand washing utensils for use by their customers. In a statement, Ndipo said so far Blantyre City Council has placed water buckets mixed with chlorine in all strategic points in all the 34 markets within the City with the belief that all markets users…

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Prince Charles in good health after testing positive of Coronavirus

  The BBC Prince Charles, 71, is displaying mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health” after testing positive for Coronavirus, Clarence House spokesman has announced. The spokesman adding the Duchess of Cornwall, 72 — the Prince of Wales’ wife has been tested as well but does not have the virus.  Charles and Camilla are now self-isolating at Balmoral. Buckingham Palace said the Queen last saw her son, the heir to the throne, on March 12, but was “in…

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Study shows Coronavirus can survive in air — WHO

By CNBC.com The World Health Organization (WHO) is considering “airborne precautions” for medical staff after a new study showed the Coronavirus can survive in the air in some settings. The virus is transmitted through droplets, or little bits of liquid, mostly through sneezing or coughing, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, told reporters during a virtual news conference.  “When you do an aerosol-generating procedure like in a medical care facility, you have the possibility to…

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Nomads adhering to COVID-19 preventive measures

By Arkangel Tembo, MANA Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) on Tuesday set strict conditions for clubs that have resolved to continue training in the wake of suspension of local sporting activities due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. FAM president Walter Nyamilandu emphasized the need for the clubs to train under close supervision and strict health guidelines where hygiene is not compromised.  Such measures include but not limited to hand wash before and…

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