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Coronavirus manageable says Mzimba North DHO

Written by  Cosmas Chimaliro

 


Mzuzu, March 24, Mzimba North District Health Office (DHO) says adherence to precautionary measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus is the most critical means to contain the pandemic.

Mzimba North DHO District Medical Officer (DMO), Dr. Wiseman Phiri made the remarks on Tuesday during sensitisation of Public Health Emergency Committee (PHEC) members for Mzuzu City.

The sensitisation meeting was aimed at scaling up and strengthening the interdisciplinary and multisectoral collaboration in surveillance, detection, prevention and response to Coronavirus.

He said though devastating and fast spreading, Coronavirus can easily be controlled by basic interventions notably use of disinfectants and avoiding personal contacts.

“Containing the spread of COVID-19 is possible. One needs to wash hands with soap frequently, desist from hand shaking and shun crowded areas,” he said.

The disease is spread through direct contact with respiratory droplets of an infected person or personal contact with an infected person.

Phiri said if one realizes that they are coughing, sneezing, feeling fever or having difficulties in breathing, they should rush to the hospital for diagnosis.

He, however, stressed that not all patients that have the virus show signs and symptoms.

“About 20 percent of the patients show signs and symptoms while the rest do not. Therefore, it is imperative for those who travelled to countries where there is Coronavirus or has been in contact with someone who has the virus, to go for laboratory test,” he said.

Old people, children and people with cancer, diabetes and hypertension among others are prone to contracting the virus due to low immune system hence the need to strictly adhere to precautionary measures.
The DMO said there is no cure for Coronavirus, but hospitals only provide supportive treatment like treating respiratory infections to reduce probation of the virus.

He then said fighting Coronavirus everybody’s responsibility through employing preventive strategies.

Deputy Director of Health and Social Services for Mzuzu City Council, Mavuto Lupwayi commended some institutions and individuals who have started practicing the Coronavirus preventive measures and asked others to emulate the same.

Mzimba North DHO has already trained health staff on Coronavirus, sensitized communities and will air programs on community radios to reach out to the masses.

With the threat of the virus, President Peter Mutharika last week declared Coronavirus a national disaster in the country.

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