The rise of Covid-19 deaths in Malawi worrisome

By Duncan Kaonga

One of the health experts in the country, Dr. Victor Mithi, has said the dramatic increase of deaths due to Covid-19 is a cause for worry in the country.

The number of deaths due to Covid-19 in the country have reached 99 since confirming the first case in April this year with the number of confirmed cases at 3,645 and 1,645 recoveries.

Speaking in an interview with Akometsi, Doctors Association of Malawi president, Dr. Victor Mithi said the situation is not healthy for the country as many people are at risk of contracting the deadly virus.

“This is worrisome even though we have measures put in place so that we don’t have unnecessary deaths caused by the pandemic. However, we are not very surprised with the rise of the number of cases because we expected the numbers to rise at some point, and we also expected that people will die due to the virus.” said Mithi.

Mithi also applauded the ministry of health for doing enough in sensitizing people about the disease but called on the government to pump in resources to defeat the pandemic in the country.

“The Ministry of Health is doing their best to supply health facilities with Covid-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers and putting precaution measures to follow, but we see a lot of gaps that need to be championed and sealed to win this battle. The health care system needs to be heavily funded by the government,” he said.

Dr. Mithi also called on the citizens to take full responsibility to protect themselves from the virus by following measures which have been put in place by the ministry of health.

“We need to see everyone wearing face masks and following other preventive measures. People have to understand that they are not invincible from this disease, they can also die as other people are dying. This disease has come. It is deadly and everyone has to up their game to prevent this virus and win this battle,” Mithi added.

The virus has left many activities at a standstill in the country, with schools, sporting activities, large gatherings suspended until further notice. For the first time in the history of the country, this year’s Independence celebrations were cancelled due to the pandemic.

Many public figures have also been conquered by the deadly virus like Dr. Cornelius Mwalwanda of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) who by the time of his death was a member of parliament for Karonga central.

As we to press, the number of active cases was at 1,920.

 

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