Malawi has now 8 cases of Covid19. 4 in Blantyre and 4 in Lilongwe.And,1 death due to Covid19.
As the country is in somber mood for losing a Malawian Woman Marhoom Rehana Kali:who gave in to Covid19 due to dearth of appropriate medical treatment and clinician to give her medical care.
A developing story on our desk,happening now at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe.Is that Doctors,Nurses,Medical assistants and other personnel are on a sit-in strike to enforce the government to adhere to their demands.
On 4th April 2020.
The president of Malawi,His Excellency Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika gave directives in which he said, “2,000 medical personnel must be recruited and an increasement of risk Allowances:though he never specified the percentage.
Unfortunately until now:there are no communications regarding to that end.
-No recruitment has been done.
-No risk allowance has been implemented
-No appropriate quarantine(no ICU functional facility as we speak) and testing centers(only 3 testing centers available 2 in Blantyre and 1 in Lilongwe)have been identified further.
We spoke to the team leader Dr Flexon Ngulinga who is the current spokesperson for the doctors at KCH.
He elaborated, “The government has not yet communicated to us:on our demands e.g Risk Allowance,Personal Protective Equipment(PPE),Transportation Allowance and Covid19 Training and orientation.”
He further added, “It is unbelievable that the actual professionals who administer and give medical attention to patients in this case “the Covid19 positive cases” have not yet being medically trained and oriented,can you imagine those who are going for meetings and conferences for Covid19 Taskforce are people who work in administration departments respectively:while ‘us’,we deal physically with the patients but we have no clue or the appropriate information on how to attend to the cases:Therefore we can not risk our lives,we have families too and also we need to protect ourselves from harm and as well protect our patients from harm which maybe caused by our own negligence due to lack of appropriate medical treatment and knowledge on how to administer and prescribe medication.The government says they will send us for training on 8th April 2020 which is tomorrow on Wednesday.”