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Tuesday, 23 February 2021 13:24

Govt admonish attacks on health workers

Government has rebuked the attacks on health workers on false accusations regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, calling such acts criminal and regressive perpetuated by fake news and false conspiracy theories.

Speaking during the COVID-19 Daily Briefs on Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) on Wednesday, Minister of Civic Education and National Unity,  Timothy Mtambo urged Malawians to follow the COVID-19 messages from government and health officials to avoid being moved by fake news.

“The tendency of attacking health workers is evil and criminal and this should stop. These people are there to help us. We need to listen to, and trust the messages that government is sending through various platforms and ignore the fake news,” Mtambo said.

Mtambo also urged Malawians to ignore the conspiracy theories that are spreading regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, saying they are false and without merit.

“The theories that the vaccines will, for example, make people infertile are false and you should not listen to them. Government has experts who are analysing every angle of the vaccine, suffice to say that we are also continuously learning from other countries, including South Africa” said the Minister.

Mtambo reiterated that government will not force anyone to take the vaccine, as such claims that government has ill-intentions are wrong.

On COVI-19 civic education and public awareness interventions, Mtambo said government through his Ministry has deployed 34 vehicles to all the 28 districts in Malawi to raise awareness on the preventative measures as well as the upcoming vaccines. The exercise, Mtambo said, commenced on 5 February and will run for 21 days.

“Our Ministry has mobilized district health workers and information officers, who are working with officials from the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) to conduct loud hailing campaigns, even in the hard to reach areas,” Mtambo said.

Mtambo's sentiments on COVID-19 vaccine echoed those made by Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda earlier this week when she called on  Malawians not to panicas the country, through its health experts, has made a thorough analysis of the vaccine.

“We have a special committee which evaluates vaccines in the country and that committee has recommended  the AstraZeneca vaccine for the country,” Said Chiponda.

In his remarks at the same platform, co-chairperson of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr. John Phuka called upon traditional leaders to help government in promoting behaviour change amongst the citizen, in order to adopt new ways of life that will help prevent the spread of the pandemic and allow the health workers to work freely.

“Chiefs and other traditional leaders need to help government in ensuring that people are following preventative measures in such events as funeral ceremonies. We need to change some of the behaviours that are helping in the spread of the pandemic,” said Phuka.

Phuka also gave the daily updates on Covid-19 update that of 10th February the country registered 328 new cases making a total confirmed cases to 28,050. The newly admitted were 31 while the new discharges from various health units is totalling to 24.

 

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Ministry of Civic Education and National Unity, in conjunction with the ministries of Health and Information has rolled out loud hailing campaign to sensitize the general public on the prevention and containment of the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

In its initial stages of the campaign before it rolled out to all the 28 districts, the Ministry target Lilongwe semi-rural and rural areas where 500,000 citizens reached with messages on Covid-19 prevention.

The countrywide loud hailing campaign will be implemented in collaboration with the Public Communication Cluster stakeholders from the Ministries of Health, Information, Local Government, Education and the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust.

Speaking as he appraised the nation on Covid-19 civic education and sensitization efforts at the Central Office of Information in Lilongwe, Civic Education and National Unity Minister, Timothy Pagonachi Mtambo said this is one of the several initiatives the Ministry is undertaking following President Lazarus Chakwera’s declaration of State of Disaster due to Covid-19.

“As a Ministry, we are working in conjunction with various government departments, agencies and non-governmental organizations in civic educating Malawians on how best we can prevent and contain Covid-19 and cast out the misconception Malawians out there have regarding the pandemic,’ said Mtambo.

Mtambo added that the Ministry will also utilize social media as well as community and national radio stations in the dissemination of the messages that have been developed about the pandemic prevention.

 “The Ministry, in collaboration with stakeholders has developed Covid-19 messages that are currently being aired on various community and national radio stations throughout the country. We are also been using social media platforms to target the youth,” Mtambo said.

Mtambo added that the public sensitization initiatives are being implemented using the funds that President Chakwera allocated to the Public Communication Cluster to help spread messages about the pandemic. Commenting on the development, health expert Maziko Matemba welcome the initiatives, saying people in the communities need to be reached again in light of the second wave.

“This is a welcome development, especially for the rural communities as the messages that they have been receiving is different from those in the urban areas. As a matter of fact, the sensitization campaigns have to be supplemented by follow-up to assess if the right messages are indeed reaching the people,” Matemba said.

Matemba advised that the public sensitization messages should emphasize on the preventative measures that have been put in place, to ensure that people are still following them so as to curb the recent spike.

“I would advise that the interventions should involve community structures such as chiefs and Community-based Organizations. People have been hearing these messages and people will not trust them if they come from the same stakeholders,” said Matemba.

Malawi has in the past few weeks seen a proliferation of covid-19 cases, which prompted President Lazarus Chakwera to declare Malawi a State of Disaster on January 12, 2021. By Thursday, January 28, the country had registered a total of 13, 918 active cases, with 628 so far dead from the virus since April 2020.

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The Ministry of Civic Education and National Unity has slammed perpetrators of those disseminating the myths that Covid-19 is not real and affects only the elderly and those residing in towns. The Ministry said these fallacies are only hampering government efforts to fight the pandemic for Covid-19 is circulating in the country and can affect anyone.

Minister of Civic Education and National Unity, Honourable Timothy Pagonachi Mtambo made these remarks on during the weekly live briefs at the Central Office of information in which different government ministries, agencies and partners inform and update the nation on various interventions they are undertaking in the fight against Covid-19. “It is unfortunate and disheartening to note that there are some cruel Malawians who still spread fake news to make believe that Covid-19 is not real. “Others believe that the disease is for the rich and people who live in cities and towns. Again, this is not true.  Covid-19 can attack any other person, whether rich or poor; old or young; town dweller or villager. It has no boundaries. It attacks anyone regardless of status,” the Minister emphasized. 

Honorable Mtambo also reported that Ministry of Civic Education in partnership with Ministries of Health, Information and National Initiative for Civic Education conducted community awareness campaigns on Covid-19 preventive measures through laud hailing beginning with Lilongwe Urban and Rural. The also disclosed that the ministry mobilized vehicles from government ministries and departments through the office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) for the same purpose of conducting awareness campaigns.  

“The Ministry of Civic Education and National Unity is doing all it could, in collaboration with other partners to fight against the pandemic of Covid-19 through intensive information dissemination campaign beginning with Lilongwe rural and Urban,” he said. Similarly, he urged traditional leaders, religious leaders, and civic leaders to urge their subjects to observe the recommended covid-19 containment and preventive measures.

“Let me appeal to traditional, religious and civic leaders to encourage their subjects, members and communities to follow all the preventive measures. The fight against the pandemic is multi-sectoral. As such, let us all join hands to combat this deadly disease,” he appealed.

In his remarks, the chairperson of Covid-19 Taskforce, Dr. John Phuka commended the Ministry for such plans as most people in country needs to be reached with rightful messages for the country to win the battle as a lot of people are misled with fake news.

“Most people are now reluctant to come the hospital because they were misinformed that at hospitals we do not have enough bed space and once they come they will be diagnosed with Covid-19. All these are misinformation, that needs civic education agencies to assist in parrying off such misconceptions and myths,” said Phuka.

The Public Communication Cluster introduced the dairy briefs through television and radio which serve as platform for government ministries and partners to inform the public and update the nation on interventions they have employed to deal with the pandemic. The briefs are conducted every day from 18:00 hours to 19:00 hours.

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Wednesday, 03 February 2021 12:30

Ministry champion public announcement on Covid-19

Ministry of Civic Education and National Unity, in conjunction with the ministries of Health and Information has rolled out loud hailing campaign to sensitize the general public on the prevention and containment of the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country. In its initial stages of the campaign before it rolled out to all the 28 districts, the Ministry target Lilongwe semi-rural and rural areas where 500,000 citizens reached with messages on Covid-19 prevention.

The countrywide loud hailing campaign will be implemented in collaboration with the Public Communication Cluster stakeholders from the Ministries of Health, Information, Local Government, Education and the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust.

Speaking as he appraised the nation on Covid-19 civic education and sensitization efforts at the Central Office of Information in Lilongwe, Civic Education and National Unity Minister, Timothy Pagonachi Mtambo said this is one of the several initiatives the Ministry is undertaking following President Lazarus Chakwera’s declaration of State of Disaster due to Covid-19.

“As a Ministry, we are working in conjunction with various government departments, agencies and non-governmental organizations in civic educating Malawians on how best we can prevent and contain Covid-19 and cast out the misconception Malawians out there have regarding the pandemic,’ said Mtambo. Mtambo added that the Ministry will also utilize social media as well as community and national radio stations in the dissemination of the messages that have been developed about the pandemic prevention.  “The Ministry, in collaboration with stakeholders has developed Covid-19 messages that are currently being aired on various community and national radio stations throughout the country. We are also been using social media platforms to target the youth,” Mtambo said.

Mtambo added that the public sensitization initiatives are being implemented using the funds that President Chakwera allocated to the Public Communication Cluster to help spread messages about the pandemic. Commenting on the development, health expert Maziko Matemba welcome the initiatives, saying people in the communities need to be reached again in light of the second wave.

“This is a welcome development, especially for the rural communities as the messages that they have been receiving is different from those in the urban areas. As a matter of fact, the sensitization campaigns have to be supplemented by follow-up to assess if the right messages are indeed reaching the people,” Matemba said.

Matemba advised that the public sensitization messages should emphasize on the preventative measures that have been put in place, to ensure that people are still following them so as to curb the recent spike. “I would advise that the interventions should involve community structures such as chiefs and Community-based Organizations. People have been hearing these messages and people will not trust them if they come from the same stakeholders,” said Matemba.

Malawi has in the past few weeks seen a proliferation of covid-19 cases, which prompted President Lazarus Chakwera to declare Malawi a State of Disaster on January 12, 2021. By Thursday, January 28, the country had registered a total of 13, 918 active cases, with 628 so far dead from the virus since April 2020.

 

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