Kachere Rehabilitation Centre needs endless support for wheelchairs; Muslim Youth donate 10

By Duncan Mlanjira Wheelchairs are one of the very important equipments that Kachere Rehabilitation Centre use on a daily basis to treat their mobility challenged patients and they are needed endlessly because at times, they are given to patients who had been discharged when they cannot afford to buy one.   This was disclosed by Kachere Rehabilitation Centre board of directors chairperson, Tom Mwamadi on Wednesday when Muslim Youth United (MYU) donate 10 wheelchairs to strengthen the relationship that…

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Wednesday registers one COVID-19 related death; Total deaths now at 184

By Duncan Mlanjira The calls by the co-chairperson of the presidential task force on COVID-19, Dr. John Phuka that there is a general relaxation of preventive measures by the public due to low numbers of confirmed cases being reported on daily basis, should be taken serious because number of new cases keeps registering against few recoveries. In the past 24 hours of Wednesday evening Malawi has registered one new COVID-19 related death, seven new cases against one new recovery from the…

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African Union COVID-19 response fund rasises US$44m to date

SAnews.gov.za African Union chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa says while the African Union COVID-19 Response Fund has to date raised US$44 million — more still needs to be done. “I want to thank all the countries on the continent who have contributed, as well as our donor community partners and the continental and international business fraternity,” said Ramaphosa, who is South Africa’s president. “However, we need to raise at least a further US$300 million to ensure assistance is provided to…

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USA’s Food and Drug Administration adds further credence to PMI’s new smokeless cigarette invention

By Duncan Mlanjira The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added further credence to Phillip Morris International (PMI’s) new smokeless cigarette invention, the ‘IQOS’, saying scientific studies that were conducted show that switching completely from conventional cigarettes to IQOS system significantly reduces the body’s exposure to harmful chemicals. During his keynote address of the Webinar conference on Wednesday organised by Food & Drug Law Institute (FDLI), FDA’s Center Director, Mitchell Zeller attested that the IQOS system heats…

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Breakthrough; 523 new COVID-19 recoveries recorded in past 24 hours and still no new related death

By Duncan Mlanjira Friday’s COVID-19 update indicates that Malawi has registered 523 new recoveries and no new related deaths while there were eleven new cases. Co-chairperson of the presidential task force on COVID-19, Dr. John Phuka says the new data indicates that the proportion of those that have recovered has neared 90% of the total confirmed cased while the number of active cases is below the 500 mark. “This is encouraging as it gives hope in this fight against COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr….

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NICO supports completion of GAIA’s mobile health clinic operation centre in Mulanje

By Duncan Mlanjira NICO Life and NICO Pension jointly donated K1.8 million to Global Health Interfaith Alliance (GAIA) for the completion of the construction of a new mobile clinic operation centre based at Chikuse Village in Mulanje. This is a second support as the two NICO Group subsidiary companies initially supported the project by injecting K542,100 to buy bags of cement last year to kick start construction up to roof level. GAIA’s Finance & Administration Manager, Adalileni Nkhata said…

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Relaxing on COVID-19 preventive measures risky at this point as one new COVID-19 related death is recorded

By Duncan Mlanjira In the past weeks, the country has not been recording any new COVID-19 related death but some new cases kept creeping in as local and imported transmissions, prompting co-chairperson of the presidential task force on COVID-19, Dr. John Phuka to plead with the public not to relax in the adherence to the preventive measures that are legally still in place. Following the new case of one new death from the 223 COVID-19 tests that were conducted…

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The slow motion race for a TB vaccine in Africa

By Amy Green, Spotlight (Cape Town) If the world had forgotten the importance of vaccines, COVID-19 has served as a stark reminder. Less than a year after the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), over a hundred vaccine candidates are under development and several large clinical trials are already under way, including some in South Africa. It is plausible that a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine will be available within the next year or two, although only time…

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South Africa’s Health Minister Mkhize announces he and his wife test COVID-19 positive

By Duncan Mlanjira As South Africa continue to have the African country with most reported cases, its Minister of Health, Dr. Zwelini Mkhize has announced that on Monday, October 19, he and his wife, Dr. May Mkhize have tested positive for COVID-19. In a government statement, Mkhize said he decided to go for a test on Sunday when he started showing mild symptoms. “I was feeling abnormally exhausted and as the day progressed, I started losing appetite,” he said…

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Teams taking serious steps on COVID-19 tests ahead of season kickoff

By Duncan Mlanjira Be Forward Wanderers, Mighty Tigers FC, Nyasa Big Bullets, Silver Strikers and several others have completed COVID-19 tests, which is an important requirement set by the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) before commencement of training in readiness for 2020 season. The 2021 season is scheduled to kick off in November — beginning with the traditional Charity Shield. In a statement, Wanderers said their test results were released on Sunday (October 18) and that two players Foster…

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