The National Initiative for Civic Education [NICE–Public Trust], has appealed to those handling and responsible for Covid-19 funds to be transparent and accountable and ensure that the funds are utilized to fight and manage the pandemic.
Nice has also called upon all Malawians to be vigilant and monitor the use of funds and any abuse observed, those involved should be reported to appropriate authority and incase of corrupt practices, to Anti–Corruption Bureau [ACB].
On Wednesday, Oxfam Malawi in its statement faulted the previous DPP regime led by former president, Prof. Peter Mutharika for using 79.8 percent of the total resources raised for Covid-19 to pay allowances instead of buying personal protective equipment and other needs for quarantine isolation centres.
In its statement dated 14 January, 2021 signed by its Executive Director, Ollen Mwalubunju, the Nice Public Trust is appealing to government to increase Covid -19 testing centres to ensure they are accessible, affordable, effective and efficient.
Nice says experience now is very retrogressive where when one goes for voluntary testing, they are told that either facilities have run out of testing kits or they are only testing those who are symptomatic saying this is a danger because the organization has witnessed cases where a person tested positive without any symptoms of feeling sick.
The organization is appealing to government to make masks affordable and accessible to all Malawians, pleading with the government to roll out a free mask distribution exercise either through donations or procured using government resources, saying the private sector may wish to donate already made masks or materials for making masks.
…….”While government is doing its part, it is the responsibility of every Malawian to ensure that his or her right to life is safeguarded including that of others,’’……reads the statement in part.
Nice is appealing to all Malawians to be responsible in following the said ways of washing hands with soap regularly, social distancing, sanitizing and avoiding crowded places and wearing of face masks all the time.
The organization says in order to confront this common enemy, it is encouraging all people to join it with government in the fight do whatever they can within their means in fighting the enemy, appealing to traditional leaders, political, Civil Society, faith–based leaders and government to provide the much needed leadership in awareness raising of the pandemic.
Nice has also called for the need to focus on those infected and affected by the pandemic, beyond hospitalized cases, how communities can manage patients in their homes in line with health guidelines from the Ministry of Health.
The organization is joining all Malawians in mourning the deaths of all those who have succumbed to Covid-19 and is wishing all those that tested positive quick recovery, echoing President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera the fact that Covid-19 has hit people of all sectors of the society regardless of their social, religious , gender, political and racial status.
By Vincent Gunde