President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has thanked the Covid-19 Response by Private Citizens which closed its fundraising initiatives last night as well as other initiatives all over the country for demonstrating what it means to not give in to despair in times of crisis.
Dr. Chakwera commended them for the example they have set for other citizens on how to be part of the solution instead of thinking that Government has all the solutions, as well as the example they have to set to those in the Civil Service on how to render a public service in a manner that is accountable and collaborative.
He said it has given him hope that the Taskforce that Vice President Dr. Saulosi Chilima has formed to review and to redesign the civil service towards greater efficiency and accountability will draw lessons from private sector initiatives like these.
Speaking during his 17th National Address, on the war against Covid-19 at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Sunday evening, President Dr. Chakwera encouraged Malawians to continue adhering to preventive measures because it is clear that these measures are working.
Dr. Chakwera said the Government’s goal is to get the positivity rate down to 5 percent or lower, because that is when Government can safely ease restrictions and allow the economy to breath, adding to get there, Government needs to cut the positivity rate down by 10 percent or more, and that means people must comply with the restrictions that are currently in place.
He said Government has decided to reopen all schools across the country on 22nd February 2021 and this reopening applies to both private and public schools, including learners who have been selected to various secondary schools to start Form one.
……”Because schools have been closed for the past 5 weeks, the Ministry of Education has revised the academic calendar for public schools to ensure that students receive adequate teaching to meet curriculum requirements,’’…..said Dr. Chakwera.
The President also said the African Union’s Envoy on Africa’s Response to Covid-19 has granted Malawi 100,000 vaccines for frontline health workers and although the delivery of that consignment has been delayed by 7 days, Malawi is on track to receive it by the end of this month along with 1.5 million doses of the vaccine that Malawi expect to receive around the same time.
He assured the nation of Malawi that in his next Covid-19 update which will be his last until further notice, he will give out the measures his administration has delivered to cushion the poor against the economic aftershocks of the pandemic to revitalize the business sector, and to get Government back on track with its agenda for transforming the country.
By Vincent Gunde