By Duncan Kaonga
Northern Region Sports Council Office (NRSCO) donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to sports journalist in the region as one way of safeguarding the media personnel from getting the deadly virus when executing their duties.
Malawi national council of sports has procured Coronavirus PPE worthy 7 million kwacha to be distributed to athletes and associations across the country through which the Northern region sports council office found it imperative to extend the distribution to sports writers.
Speaking during the day of donation Northern Region Sports development officer, Georgina Msowoya said they came up with the idea to help the sports journalist because they are partners in developing sports in the region.
“We work hand in hand with the media when we want our information to reach the athletes and the easiest way is to use the media. If we are to prevent Covid-19 with our athletes, we should also remember the media personnel,” said Msowoya
Msowoya also urged athletes to be doing individual training during this crisis period in older to stay in good shape when sports resumes.
“An athlete is supposed to be training throughout, individual training is important especially this period of Covid-19. An athlete needs to train every day to keep fit” she said.
In his remarks after receiving the donation, journalist’s representative, Draxon Maloya said he was privileged to have been considered by the sports council.
“On behalf of sports reporters here in the North, I would like to thank the sports council for the initiative of making sure that the journalists should be protected considering the environment we are working in. We are very vulnerable to contracting the virus, we are very sure with the equipment they have given us we are going to be protected and continue educating the masses on what is on the ground and the sports,” said Maloya
The equipment comprised of infrared non-contact thermometers, normal liquid hand wash, anti-bacterial hand wash, sanitizers and face masks.
The Covid-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached Malawi on 2 April this year and has so far claimed 99 lives as of 25th July 2020.
The pandemic has forced all sports activities to be suspended in the country for an unforeseeable future.