Salima Public Health Emergency Management Committee met yesterday to discuss measures to contain the further spread of Covid-19 in the district.
The meeting follows reports that 22 out of 41 local and foreign workers at Salima Sugar Company tested positive for Covid-19.
Speaking during the meeting, Salima district medical officer Jollings Kasondo said they were taking all necessary measures to manage the cases at the company.
He said: “Everything is under control. We ensure that all cases are in self-isolation at the institution.
“We are also conducting mass testing for all workers at the company, including Malawians and communities around the facility.”
Kasondo also said there is tight security at the company’s isolation centre.
In his remarks, Salima District Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response coordinator Noel Khunga said as of yesterday, the district had registered 42 confirmed Covid-19 positive cases of whom 32 are Indians and 10 Malawians.
The Ministry of Health has since ordered closure of the factory for 14 days following reports of confirmed Covid-19 cases at the facility.
Meanwhile, the district’s information office with support from Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Afikepo Project has intensified sensitisation campaigns on Covid-19 preventive measures.