UDK Consultancy whose owner is veteran rights defender Undule Mwakasungula has provided Coronavirus (Covid-19) support to communities along lake shore areas in three districts of Rumphi, Nkhata Bay and Karonga in the Northern Region.
The support is in form of sensitization campaign on the disease prevention, provision of face masks, sanitizers, soap and washing basins.
Speaking in an interview on Friday, Mwakasungula told The Nation that the support is part of the firm’s efforts complementing on community sensitization in regards to oil and gas exploration the firm is conducting in the three impact districts.
“This is part of community support services in the impact districts, as the UDK Consultancy has been sensitizing them on oil and gas exploration. In other words, it is UDK Consultancy Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy of helping, empowering and giving hope to communities in times of need like this time of Covid-19 Pandemic,” he said.
According to Mwakasungula, those who directly benefited from the response include; traditional leaders, government officers, Area Development Committee (ADC) members in the impact communities, youth groups, NGOs and community based organisations.
He pledges to continue with the support as the numbers of people contracting the disease in the country is keeping on rising.
“We will not stop providing the support to the impact communities, as you are aware people are continuing contracting the disease. We will keep on sensitizing the communities on the preventative measures set by our government and the World Health Organization guidelines to help stop the spread of this pandemic,” said Undule.
The veteran rights defender then appealed to Malawians to stop taking a casual approach in dealing with the pandemic.
“The disease does not look at status, face, color, tribe or which party you support. Any wrong information that was disseminated to the nation that we don’t have Covid -19 must be reversed through a massive national wide sensitization.
“Let me also ask government to provide face masks to vulnerable groups and communities who cannot afford to purchase them as they are on high demand and with inflated prices. To add further on government preventative regulations, funerals should stop providing food. An aggressive sensitization campaign should be conducted targeting community and traditional leaders who are custodians of funerals to stop preparing food as this can be another easy point to contact the virus,” he added.
Confirming on the support from UDK Consultancy, T/A Mwamulowe in Rumphi district urges the corporate world to emulate the good gesture displayed by the firm saying there are still a big number of people that needs to be reached with similar support in his area.
Soft Mkolongo of Karonga Youth Club who also got the support hails UDK Consultancy saying it was first of its kind since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country.
“The support was the first to reach us hence much appreciative to UDK Consultancy,” he said.