The Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) has equipped the sports sector with K7 million worth of medical supplies in its quest to combat Covid-19 in the industry.
The materials, which have been dispatched to the council’s regional offices, include non-contact thermometers, normal liquid hand wash, antibacterial hand wash, sanitisers and facemask.
Confirming the development, MNCS acting executive secretary Henry Mereka said: “The regional offices will identify beneficiaries, based on need after an assessment. These beneficiaries will be athletes and associations.”
He said the initiative is aimed at protecting sports people amidst the rapid spread of coronavirus. Currently, the country has registered over 1200 cases.
Mereka explained: “It’s a continuation of our social responsibility we started online. Cases are still rising and we feel that in sports we need to take part in the fight.”
Malawi Paralympic Committee will be among the beneficiaries of the donation, according to its president James Chiutsi.
He said: “We have been informed that they are working on logistics and we are having our list of very vulnerable athletes compiled. We are excited with the development.”
Following the suspension of sports as a means to slow down the spread of the disease the council has been promoting good health and fitness while at home.
Recently, the council implemented a 30-day health and fitness programme on its Facebook and Twitter accounts, an initiative that reached out to nearly around 300 000, according to the Mereka.