23 October 2020
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Minister Kaliati warns perpetrators of GBV

Lilongwe, October 23, 2020: Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati has warned that her ministry will punish anyone involved in gender based violence (GBV) against girls, women and the elderly in the country. The Minister made the remarks in Lilongwe on Thursday during a press briefingwhere shecondemned what she described as extreme inhuman forms of GBV currently taking place in the country. She said her ministry is deeply concerned with the increase of GBV cases which she said have affected women, young girls and the elderly. “As a ministry, we are deeply concerned by the trend of violent incidences occurring in this country. “This week, we have received several reports, extremely shocking, about inhumane treatment perpetrated against girls, women and older persons,” Kaliati said. Recently, there were some reports that a girl was stabbed to death by her boyfriend in Mzimba due to mere allegations of cheating. In Chileka-Blantyre, a 9-year-old girl was badly scalded by her own father on the allegation that she refused to clean dishes. She is in a bad state with deep wounds on her hands and feet. In Chikwawa, 11- year-old girl was severely defiled by a 38-year-old man after being forced into sex incited by K400.00. In Dedza, an old elderly woman was brutally murdered last week by the angry mob on allegations of witchcraft. Kaliati said it was saddening to note that in this age and era when people are supposed to be more civilized, some Malawians are still involved in barbaric acts against fellow Malawians, particularly women, girls as well as young boys. She, therefore, said her ministry is determined to protect women, girls and the elderly against GBV and that perpetrators would not be left scot-free.  “My ministry will strengthen its resolve to protect vulnerable people and ensure that they are not abused.  “For perpetrators of GBV and these inhuman acts, your honeymoon is over and we will not sleep until all the perpetrators of GBV and brutal acts are brought to book,” she said. In her remarks, NGO Gender Coordinating Network (NGOGCN) representative, Jessie Ching’oma said her organisation is also worried with the violence which young girls and women are facing in the country, hence the call to government and NGOs to join hands to fight against the challenge.  


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Malawians warned on Covid-19 second wave

Lilongwe, October 23, 2020: Malawians have been warned to be very cautious in observing Covid-19 preventive measures to avoid falling into second wave of the pandemic. Dean of Public Health and Family Medicine and Co-Chairperson of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19, Dr John Phuka made the warning when he delivered a key note address during the launch of a two day College of Medicine (COM) Covid-19 Research Dissemination Virtual Conference whose theme was “A multi-disciplinary response to Covid-19 pandemic” at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe. He said the country has seen decrease in Covid-19 cases and deaths; this should not be view that the pandemic was not still active among us. Phuka noted that some people are no longer taking Covid-19 preventive measures seriously to the point that they have stopped to wear face masks in public places and washing hands when entering super markets. “We have witnessed a drop in cases and deaths as compares to the situation in July where the country had received Malawians who were based in South Africa. We are still receiving them but we have put in place measures to ensure that they get tested before being allowed into the country,” he explained. The Co-Chair said some countries that were on rock down are now facing new wave of the pandemic citing Mozambique and Botswana that their situation was not encouraging after lifting it. He said the two countries are now recording high number of new cases which threatens their public health systems. 
“We were not on rock down but our airports and borders were closed but now we have opened them. We need to trade carefully with the developments because we might be experiencing a new wave of the pandemic if we continue to ignore the prescribed Covid-19 measures that were given,” Phuka said. He said the country took a stand that only those that are showing signs of the disease should be tested and some have viewed that could be the case of low numbers. The Co-Chair said management of returnees has improved and number of people found positive was almost getting to zero.  The Minister of Health, Khumbize Chiponda said as of October 21, 2020, the country has recorded 5,864 confirmed cases, 183 deaths and 4,762 recoveries. “I believe having over 4,000 recoveries is not a joke and we owe this to interventions of the Lord Almighty and the health workers who risked their lives to save others. I would like to thank all health workers, nurses, doctors, not just in the country but throughout the World who have struggled and assisted multitudes of people in the fight against Corona virus.” Chiponda added She reminded that public that Copvid-19 was real and the fight against it was not over yet. The Minister said the risk remains high and the long road to travel hence urging everyone to continue practicing the safety measures as advised by the Ministry and other institutions. Principal for College of Medicine (COM) Mwapatsa Mipando said apart from doing research and training doctors, the College has a testing laboratory for Covid- 19 and was the first to carry a test in the country.
He said another innovation the College has done was to develop a hand sanitizer which was now on the market in Pharmacies    World Health Organization (WHO) has reported 38.4 million confirmed cases and over 1 million people have dead for the past 11 months. 


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COM applauded for their efforts in fighting Covid-19

Lilongwe, October 23, 2020: Government has applauded College of Medicine (COM) for being instrumental in the fight against Covid-19 in the country. Minister of Health, Khumbize Chiponda said this Thursday during the official launch of a two day COM Covid-19 Research Dissemination Virtual Conference under the theme “A multi-disciplinary response to Covid-19 pandemic” at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe. She said COM was the first institution to come out to test Covid-19 cases and advised government to develop preventive measures to the pandemic. Chiponda added that the past 10 months, the country has seen massive utilization of masks, gloves and personal protective equipments in various institutions and individuals as a means to fight the Covid-19. The Minister said the conference would respond to the current need to rise from the pangs of Covid-19 which has hit the country so hard. “We are hoping that discussions from the conference will significantly contribute and inform the masses on containing and combating the pandemic,” she said. Chiponda added that the conference would provide an opportunity to Malawi to narrate its story to the world pertaining to the country’s unique experiences in as far as pandemic was concerned. “We have dedicated researchers in the country who have not rested in the past 10 months but were running up and down seeking answers and solutions to combat this pandemic,” she pointed out. COM Principal, Dr Mwapatsa Mipando said COM has been very responsive to the issue of Covid-19 from the on set He said before the country was declares natural disaster due to Covid-19, COM had already formed a working committee for COM Covid-19 to handle related alongside supporting committees at the institution. Mipando said COM provides evidence base finding so that they country should be able to come up with right decision in handling Covid-19 issues on the ground. “We are conducting a lot of researches to help the country in the fight against Covid-19. We will disseminate some of our findings during this conference and this will form the basis on how we will move forward with our research findings for coming researches,” he explained.  He thanked Ministry of Health, Malawi Liverpool Trust, John Hopkins, World Health Organization (WHO), MHUB and First Capital Banks for supporting COM in their research work with their financial and technical services. United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Malawi, Chief Health, Dr Tedla Damte said UNICEF was working to mitigate the impact of the virus on the country’s population, children’s survival, health, well being and education: and in stopping the spread of the virus. He said since March 2020, UNICEF partnered with UK and Irish governments for about US$ 10 million to provide Covid response support to 23 districts in the country.
Damte added that UNICEF supported government in procurement of Covid supplies for over US$ 12 million financed by World Bank, Health Services Joint Fund (HSJF) and GAVI Alliance.


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Man arrested for attempted robbery, assault

Lilongwe October 22, 2020: Police in Lilongwe have arrested a 19-year-old man for allegedly assaulting and attempting to rob a 26-year-old woman. The suspect is identified as Maxwell Banda who comes from Zikati Village in Traditional Authority Makanjira in Mangochi. According to Lilongwe Police Station Deputy Public Relations officer Sergeant Foster Benjamin, the suspect and his two accomplices who are at large committed the offence in Lingadzi Forest in Lilongwe. Benjamin said Banda had approached two women, Hanna Harrison and another woman only identified as Patricia, who were seeking job at the Labour Office. He convinced them that his Whiteman boss in Area 6 would employ them as housemaids and they would be paid K110, 000 per month. Banda took the women to Amina Roundabout where he was joined by two other accomplices who pretended to be job seekers. Benjamin further said the three suspects led the women into Lingadzi Forest, claiming it was a shortcut to Area 6. However, the suspects attacked the women while demanding money from them. According to Benjamin, Banda produced a knife and attempted to stab Harrison but she held it two-handed, and got injured in the process. Then Harrison disarmed the suspect and stabbed him twice on the arm before she escaped. She reported to traffic police officers who were on the road and was issued with a referral letter to Kamuzu Central Hospital. While at the hospital, the victim saw her attacker (Banda) getting into the same facility to receive treatment. She immediately reported to the doctor who in turn alerted the police, which led to the arrest of the suspect. Banda has since been charged with two counts; attempted robbery and unlawful wounding. He is expected to appear in court to answer to the two charges.


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Chiefs in Nsanje commend DC for his dedication to work


Nsanje, October 22, 2020: Chiefs in Nsanje have applauded District Commissioner, Dr. Medison Matchaya’s swift response to issues negatively affecting communities which may have potential to derail development. In an interview, Senior Chief Mlolo, the only female senior chief in Nsanje, said on Wednesday the current district commissioner (DC) has started well by ensuring that there is always adherence to good governance. Mlolo noted that most of the issues which were derailing development in her area have since been addressed with the urgency required. She observed that the new district commissioner is able to respond to issues with urgency, which she said is a good development as far as good governance and administration is concerned. “He is also a hard worker and also has good working spirit with all the stakeholders including the full council. “For your information, despite the financial challenges the district is going through, he is able to motivate staff and the latter carry out their duties with little resources. “For instance, we had issues about challenges facing our projects here. He came with council staff to this place which is about 400 kilometres away from the Boma without pocketing any allowances. This is the kind of leadership we want in the district,” said Senior Chief Mlolo. On his part, Traditional Authority Chimombo echoed Mlolo’s sentiments, saying the DC has started well, expressing hope that things will change for the better. Chimombo said Matchaya is able to provide the much needed support to all stakeholders to ensure that the district runs smoothly and achieve the district’s development agenda. “As chiefs, we appreciate the hard working spirit for the DC. He is able to make things happen despite other challenges,” he said. “For example, when there are issues that need immediate attention, he doesn’t hesitate; he acts immediately and provides solutions. This is what we have been expecting from district commissioners,” added Chimombo.


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Minister Kaliati warns perpetrators of GBV

Malawians warned on Covid-19 second wave

COM applauded for their efforts in fighting Covid-19

Man arrested for attempted robbery, assault

Chiefs in Nsanje commend DC for his dedication to work

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