Lilongwe District Health Office (DHO) has admitted that the district is facing challenges in its COVID-19 pandemic responses.
Speaking during a COVID-19 response lunch by Water Missions Malawi, Dr Alinafe Mbewe who is Lilongwe’s District Director for Health and Social Services,said that the challenges include contact tracing and case management which in the end is compromising data.
Dr Mbewe said that there is need for proper coordination from all stakeholders thus government, NGOs and the general public if we are to win the fight. “The cases that are being received on a daily bases, we can conclude that the capital city is a hot spot for the virus. Mbewe informed.”
She further said that despite contact tracing and and surveillance on COVID-19 cases, the task remain challenging. “When people enter the city, health officials send us their particulars for follow-ups, however; sometimes ]people are giving fake details is making it hard to trace them.” She narrated.
Water Mission’s Malawi Country Director, Nixon Sinyiza said they are distributing facilities like chlorine disinfectants, hand-washing facilities and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for community usage. The lunch was represented by WES Network, government and the media.