District Director of Health and Social Services for Dowa, Dr. Peter Makoza, has thanked health care workers and communities for playing a great role leading to the drop in the number of cases to Covid -19 pandemic in the district.
Dr. Makoza said as of 02nd March 2021, cumulatively, the district had registered 625 cases, no admissions at its treatment units, 23 cases are in home isolation, 57 cases are on institutional isolation at the Dzaleka Camp, while 524 have recovered.
He said from the results, it is evident that the health workers and communities have done their part in ensuring that all in the district are adhering to the measures of preventing the further spread of Coronavirus in the district.
Speaking during a District Civil Protection Committee meeting held at the Dowa boma, Dr. Makoza said Covid -19 screening exercise as ordered by the Ministry of Health has been conducted in 8 boarding schools of the district and has seen only one case registered at DAPP College.
Dr. Makoza informed the members that the full council meeting of the Dowa District Council adopted a resolution passed by the committee that Area Development Committees [ADCs] facilitate the distribution of masks to their communities, saying procurement process of cloth face masks is at an advanced stage and shortly a successful bidder will be called.
However, Dr. Makoza noted with a great concern the poor turn up of partners at DCPC meetings reassigning a health official, Precious Mzungu to talk to partners so that they all need to attend the meetings saying the fight against Covid -19 in the district is for all.
……”Clusters are supposed to be meeting before DCPC meeting and prepare presentations, if we don’t come for these meetings, all the activities will be lagging behind,’’…..lamented Dr. Makoza.
He also informed the members that Covid -19 budget was revised although many of the activities in the district have been maintained, saying the guideline was more of procurement than allowances.
During the meeting, CARE Malawi announced the closure of its project, SANI –Covid -19 Response which started in July, 2020 and is coming to an end in April, in the areas of Traditional Authorities Kayembe and Dzoole in the district.
Its Project Coordinator, Flossy Kamoto, said the project had outputs on capacity building, community sensitization, and procurement of essential materials which supported the prevention of transmission of Covid -19 pandemic.
Dowa District Hospital Laboratory Manager raised a point of concern to police that suspects need to be tested for Covid -19 before mixing them in the cell saying this will help the district to contain the number of new confirmed cases.
On a sad note, the members were briefed on myths and beliefs related to Covid -19 deaths in the district expressing a concern that the community is becoming hostile towards health workers.
By Vincent Gunde