District Director for Health and Social Services for Dowa, Dr. Peter Makoza, has reminded the communities in the district that Covid-19 pandemic is not going anytime soon and this demands strict adherence to Covid-19 prevention measures.
Dr. Makoza said the new Covid-19 variant is coming with symptoms and pictures that are different from the other strains of Covid-19 and requires all to be tested in the district for further prevention of the spread of the pandemic in the district.
He said most of the activities concerning Covid-19 were halted and not much was done by his office because auditors were at the offices of the Director for Health tracing part of the MK6.2 billion Covid-19 funds suspected to have been abused. He expressed hope that what was not done, will be done now, even though the district is registering an increase in cases.
Speaking during a Public Health Emergency Management Committee [PHEMC] meeting held at the boma, Dr. Makoza said the district has witnessed four deaths of people to the new Covid-19, 900 cumulative confirmed cases with 75 health workers affected.
Dr. Makoza said the district has 185 cases in its institutional isolation, seven are currently admitted in treatment centres with one new death from the communities in the district bringing the total cumulative death to 22.
He said the district has four cumulative number of Covid-19 cases that are pregnant women saying this is a clear indication that Covid-19 is not sparing people hence a great need for all to take part in the prevention and containment measures of the pandemic in the district.
The Director for Health assured the meeting that there is enough oxygen gas at AFROX which has been already paid for by partners and what they need is just refilling the cylinders.
“…Wash hands with soap regularly, stay at home, mask-up, this is the message to go to the communities to protect themselves and their loved ones…,’’ said Dr. Makoza.
On the vaccine to be administered to people, Dr. Makoza said the district was set to vaccinate 66,000 people, 15,069 received the first dose while 93 received the second dose, saying this is a commendable development that messages of encouragement to go for vaccination reached out to all in the district including the hard to reach ones.
In his remarks, District Commissioner for Dowa, Alex Mdooko, said support from partners on Covid-19 interventions are welcome to the council saying at the moment, the council has no money for Covid-19 activities and is only waiting for Government money amounting to MK30,457,950 for it to start implementing Covid-19 interventions in the district..
Mdooko observed that mainstreaming Covid-19 interventions with other interventions is the only way of combating the disease with messages for one to protect themselves and loved ones urging the communities in the district to adhere to the prevention measures.
As of 22nd July, 2021, Dowa district has conducted a total of 2,658 tests , 17 lost to follow up, 3 new discharges from treatment units, 704 total recovered, 900 cumulative confirmed cases, 7 are currently admitted in treatment centres, 37 are currently in institutional isolation and 22 deaths.
By Vincent Gunde