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Mulanje DHO prepares for repatriated Malawians from South Africa

Written by  Blackson Mkupatira
Mulanje District Council prepares for Coronavirus hotspots from South Africa Mulanje District Council prepares for Coronavirus hotspots from South Africa

Mulanje, May 28:Mulanje District Council Director of Health and Social Services  (DSHH), Alinafe Kalanga said the district would intensify awareness and surveillance of novel Coronavirus hotspots following communication that the District was set to receive Malawians who were repatriated from South Africa.

Speaking during a Public Health Emergency Management (PHEMC) Meeting on Tuesday, She said this would help the district to identify new cases earlier to prevent spread of the virus and lessen stigma in communities.

“We are liaising with our friends spearheading transportation of these people into the country, once they arrive in the district, we will not put them on institutional quarantine as everyone will go on self-quarantine, we will just be conducting follow-ups and providing social support so that they adhere to the rules until their 14 days are over,” Kalanga said.

DHSS appealed to partners to help the District Health Office with resources to facilitate smoothly integration of the people into their communities.

“The good thing is that we have already put in place measures to prevent the spread of the virus since we registered our first case, however, we will intensify surveillance and community engagement. We will meet with traditional leaders so that these people should not be stigmatized once they reach their respective communities,” she said.

Mulanje District Council Director of Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources, Yaz Nyirenda said it was important to involve the office National Registration Bureau to identify and locate the new arrivals in their respective homes as some might give wrong information to avoid being monitored.

“What we have learned so far is that people do not want to be self-quarantined as they keep escaping. We also need to involve NRB so that we know about those that registered where they really live as some might provide the wrong information to avoid being followed-up,” he said.

Mulanje DHO prepares for repatriated Malawians from South Africa Blackson Mkupatira Mulanje, May 28: Mulanje District Council Director of Health and Social Services (DSHH), Alinafe Kalanga said the district would intensify awareness and surveillance of novel Coronavirus hotspots following communication that the District was set to receive Malawians who were repatriated from South Africa. Speaking during a Public Health Emergency Management (PHEMC) Meeting on Tuesday, She said this would help the district to identify new cases earlier to prevent spread of the virus and lessen stigma in communities. “We are liaising with our friends spearheading transportation of these people into the country, once they arrive in the district, we will not put them on institutional quarantine as everyone will go on self-quarantine, we will just be conducting follow-ups and providing social support so that they adhere to the rules until their 14 days are over,” Kalanga said. DHSS appealed to partners to help the District Health Office with resources to facilitate smoothly integration of the people into their communities. “The good thing is that we have already put in place measures to prevent the spread of the virus since we registered our first case, however, we will intensify surveillance and community engagement. We will meet with traditional leaders so that these people should not be stigmatized once they reach their respective communities,” she said. Mulanje District Council Director of Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources, Yaz Nyirenda said it was important to involve the office National Registration Bureau to identify and locate the new arrivals in their respective homes as some might give wrong information to avoid being monitored. “What we have learned so far is that people do not want to be self-quarantined as they keep escaping. We also need to involve NRB so that we know about those that registered where they really live as some might provide the wrong information to avoid being followed-up,” he said.

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