HRDC calls for new approach in COVID-19 fight

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has dared government to find new effective approach of containing the spread of the second wave of covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement- HRDC chairperson- Gift Trapence said government needs a new approach in curbing the pandemic where among others government needs to strengthen health system, close of airports and borders, schools as well as bars.

Trapence also said the situation calls for collective efforts therefore the country should stop politicization of the situation

He started outlining some recommendation to fight against which included strengthening Health System saying government needs to direct resources to purchase necessary equipment during the fight.

He also said the country needs to improve on contact tracing and enforcement of covid-19 guideline like mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing, washing and hand sanitizing.

‘It is probably time that these numbers should be revised downwards’, says the statement.

HRDC also suggested that Schools and Bars; boarders and airports must be closed and further called upon authorities to make sure that institutional quarantine is enforced at any cost.

Human rights defend enders has since asked Malawians to avoid politicizing Covid 19 saying the country needs every Malawian to pull in the same direction.

In a related development, health expert has advised government to reconsider its decision of ruling out school closure amidst the increase of covid-19 cases in the country.

The expert- Maziko Matemba said the pandemic has already started hitting the education sector which poses the high risk on students, should the schools remain opened.

Meanwhile, president- Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has requested various ministries to hold emergency meetings and present their resolutions to covid-19 presidential taskforce.

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