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MRCS condemns Covid-19 politicization

By Brian Wasili

Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) has expressed concern over remarks by some political leaders who are saying there were no Coronavirus cases in the country.

MRCS Communications and Humanitarian Diplomacy Specialist, Felix Washoni told Malawi News Agency (Mana) Thursday at the end of a two day Covid-19 community mobilizations and feedback tour in Mwanza.

“It was very shameful for a political party leader standing on a podium telling the masses that there was no Covid 19 in the country,” he noted.

Washoni observed that lately there has been some laxity by political party leaders on the matter starting from the time the political party leaders submitted their nomination papers and during their subsequent campaign rallies as compared to the time the country had the first case of Covid- 19.

“If the tendency by such political party leaders continues it will be difficult for Malawi to combat the disease hence waste of resources on the fight against the pandemic,” he said.

Senior Chief Nthache commended MRCS for the intervention which he said would enhance behavior change among people.

“People have to be reminded each time about the existence of the pandemic and its prevention so that we can combat it,” he said.

Nthache appealed for more hand washing material and soap so that people in his areas are able to wash hands with soap frequently to prevent the disease.

MRCS is on a countrywide Covid-19 awareness campaign raising awareness on transmission of the disease and its prevention measures to ensure there are no further spread of the disease.

The campaign has started with 20 districts across the country by conducting audio messages on mobile van apart from door to door awareness using megaphone by MRCS volunteers among communities.

Mana/bw/mmm/tha

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