Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera says Malawians should hope for the best final result in the struggle against the global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
He was speaking yesterday when he visited four health facilities in Lilongwe where his party donated hand washing sanitising materials and face masks worth K4.5 million.
Said Chakwera: “We cannot afford to plunge ourselves into a lockdown the way it has happened in other countries. Further, our economy is a struggling one so we can’t hope for further shocks such as the effects of Covid-19.”
He called on every Malawian to observe tips from the Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation.
Chakwera visited St Gabriel in Namitete, Khongoni, Malembo and Kabudula health centres.
Kabudula Health Centre medical officer Dr Gertrude Kasalika said the donation will push the facilities, which serve rural masses, to scale up sanitation.
Ministry of Health chief of health services Dr Charles Mwansambo told The Nation in an earlier interview that Covid-19 spreads through droplets from the mouth and nose that spread to surfaces through coughing or sneezing.
He said as a precaution, the ministry encourages people to practice hygiene such as frequent hand washing or sanitising, avoid handshakes and always wear face masks and gloves where available.
Currently, there is no recorded case of Covid-19 in Malawi, but neighbouring countries Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia have registered some cases.