Blantyre City Council Mayor Wild Ndipo has warned residents against relaxing on adherence to Covid-19 preventive measures as the country is registering a drop in new cases.
The mayor said this on Friday at Limbe Primary School when the council donated 10 000 reusable face masks to schools in Blantyre Urban.
“We notice people are observing preventive measures, but we want them not to relax,” he said.
Ndipo asked other stakeholders to distribute face masks to schools to protect learners and teachers from the pandemic.
“Most learners cannot afford the face masks,” he said.
Blantyre Urban district education manager Anita Kaliwu said the face masks will protect learners and teachers from the pandemic.
She said almost half of 15 744 Standard Eight pupils in the district had no access to the masks.
“We want more face masks as phase two reopening is in October,” said Kaliwu.
The donation was supported by Universal Trading Company, Pacific Limited, Jacaranda and National Bank of Malawi plc.
Blantyre Urban has 160 000 pupils in public primary schools with 2 525 teachers.