– companies to allow some workers to work at home, to financially support workers
Government Has developed measures to mitigate and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in work places in Malawi.
Briefing Journalists in Lilongwe, Minister of Health, Jappie Mhango who is also chairperson for cabinet committee on Covid-19, said they have decided to do so because the spread of Covid-19 has serious implications for employers, employees and work-places where there is frequent human contact.
He said: “Some of the guidelines are that employers should allow employees to work from home, reduce working hours, and provide financial support to workers during this period”.
He said both employees and employers should also observe the precautionary measures frequently when at their work places to prevent the further spread of the disease.
“All employers should abide by the guidelines with immediate effect, ” said Mhango.
Commenting, World Health Country Representative Rose Dlamini said Covid-19 is disrupting societies world-wide and there is a need for Malawians to take it seriously and adhere to the preventive measures like social distancing and washing hands with soap among others.
She added: “WHO is supporting Malawi in laboratory services among others with experts present. WHO will continue supporting the Ministry of health in the Covid-19 response by among others training healthy workers adequately so that they should work professionally”.
Dlamini further said now that the virus has no vaccine to cure it, there is need to find ways to live with it while preventing it by observing the preventive measures.
Country Representative for U. S Center for Disease Control (CDC), Andrew Auld, said the US has been making sure that the test kits that are being used to test people in Malawi are of good quality so that the results they give should be genuine.
On his part, Chairperson Parliamentary Committee on Health, Mathews Ngwale, said it is true that there are 33 confirmed cases of Covid 19 in the country.
He said his Committee visited some testing centers in Blantyre and Lilongwe we here they were shown samples of the positive cases and the whole testing process.
“Stop spreading and believing rumors that the cases are fake because they are true. We can even take you there to see the samples and the way the testing process is done,”said Ngwale.