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COVID-19: Malawi Shot in the Arm

COVID-19: Malawi Shot in the Arm

The UK government has announced it will pump K 1.7 billion (£ 1.8 million) in a bid to bolster the country’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak prevention in the country.

The package comes at a time the country has not registered a single case of the disease that was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Britain has a longstanding record of supporting countries across the world to prepare for large disease outbreaks.

At the height of the Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Malawi also received greater support.

The assistance announced in the just ended week will be channeled through the UKaid and UNICEF Malawi.

Head of DFID in Malawi Dave Beer said the funds will help Malawi increase her preparedness against the COVID-19.

Beer: Prevention is Key
Beer: Prevention is Key

“We recognise the need to act fast, to help Malawi prepare for the threat of COVID-19. This is why we have provided £1.8m with immediate effect, to set up emergency treatment units and rapid response teams, and critically, to boost public health messaging,” said Beer.

Recently, President Peter Mutharika announced that government had budgeted K15 billion to launch battle against the COVID-19.

Minister of Health Jappie Mhango is also on record to have assured the nation that government had put in place mechanisms to mitigate the dangers posed by the disease.

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Mhango said government has put in place measures to avert the spread of the disease into the country by tightening screening at all ports of entry including airports and border posts.

So far, international travel has declined as most nations have imposed lockdown measures to contain the further spread of the disease.

There are widespread fears that the country’s weak healthcare system is not capable of handling the COVID-19 as evidenced by how advanced systems across the globe have struggled.

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