Statutory corporations in the country continue to suffer setbacks due to continued rise in cases of COVID-19 pandemic.
The latest casualty is the state run broadcaster, the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), where a number of cases have been registered within the institution.
According to a communication signed by the state broadcaster’s Director General, Aubrey Sumbuleta, the Blantyre District Health office has informed MBC management that a good number of samples that they took from employees within the institution in the last few days have tested positive for COVID-19.
Reads part of the statement: “In the last 48 hours, the health authorities have communicated to all concerned staff who have since proceeded into self-isolation and following this unfortunate development, MBC management has put in place some measures to caution the affected staff and avoid further spread of the pandemic.”
Some of the measures include providing financial support to all the affected employees to help them during isolation period.
All its offices that include MBC television, the broadcasting house, Area 4 offices in Lilongwe and Kaning’ina Studios are being disinfected.
The communication has further warned that all the staff, clients and visitors will not be granted access to office premises without wearing a mask, washing hands and using hand sanitizers.
In a similar development on July 22 this year, the management of Southern Region Water Board (SRWB) also announced the closure of its Head Office in Blantyre and Zomba Zone Office after registering a COVID-19 case.