BY DRAXON MALOYA
Human Resource for Health Coalition of Malawi (HRHCM) has given government up Friday this week, to make a provision of Personal Protective Equipment to health workers saying failure to do so will lead to medical practitioners stage a sit in.
Chairperson of the coalition Shouts Simenza said this following a spate of sit ins in public hospitals with health workers demanding immediate provision of protective wear and equipment as they discharge their duties in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic caused by coronavirus.
“It is very risk for health workers to continue working in a hostile environment where government decides not to provide protective wear, so we have given until Friday for them to respond to these demands or else we shall embark on a sit in,” Simenza said.
But government Spokesperson Mark Bottoman says plans are already in the pipeline to provide protective wear to health workers and recruit 2,000 health workers to ably respond to the coronavirus outbreak.
“Government shall make a provision of protective wear to health workers and that was already in the pipeline, and also it is going to recruit 2000 health workers who will assist in the fight against continue spreading of Covid19 caused by coronavirus,” Botomani said.
Meanwhile, during the press briefing on Tuesday the Gender Minister Mary Navicha has expressed concern with parents who are failing to take good care of children in light of Covid-19, particularly those who frequent public gatherings such as video showrooms.
Due to the increase in number of those diagonised with coronavirus Government has canceled Malawi Electoral Commission voter registration process with immediate effect.
Govt has also banned market days in villages with immediate effect.