Chief Thandaza in Nkhotakota district has urged people in his area to avoid cheating themselves that novel coronavirus is only attacking people residing in urban areas.
Speaking on the sidelines of funeral ceremony today, Chief Thandaza of Traditional Authority Malengachanzi in the lakeshore district urged people to follow all precutionary measures put in place by authorities against the pandemic.
“Don’t be cheated that the disease is for people in Lilongwe and Blantyre. No!Even in this village, COVID-19 can attack you . You need to start following all precautionary measures such as wearing face mask, washing hands and observing social distancing to prevent contracting and further spread of the disease,”he says.
The Chief reiterated that villagers can make their own face mask using a piece of cloth.
“It is not that always you should buy an expensive face mask. You can just make it on your own or you can find a tailor and ask him or her to make one for you at a cheaper price,” he says.
Chief Thandaza reminded people that it is a duty of every Malawian to fight against COVID-19.
“Last week , the District Commissioner called Chiefs in the district to brief us on the disease. The disease is dangerous and it is our mandate to work together with the Government to defeat it. The only way of controlling COVID-19 is by following the precautionary measures,” he says.
As of yesterday, Malawi registered 94 new COVID-19 cases and total confirmed cases are 2810. Total active cases are 1644 and those that have recovered are 1111. The pandemic has killed 55 people in the country.