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Malawi: Govt Diverts Covid-19 Funds to Fight Cholera

Poor leadership at the Health Ministry in Malawi has led to the current rapid increase in cholera cases which has led to calls for a state of emergency by the Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa.

Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda and her officials knew that cholera was to wreck havoc if uncontrolled but failed to effectively plan the fight opting to corruptly benefit pals through untendered emergency drug procurement.

Failed leadership, corrupt procurement and quest for allowances has left 620 people dead and over 18 000 people are currently sick.

Now Khumbidze Chiponda says the Malawi government has diverted Covid-19 donor funds to employ more nurses and patient assistants to fight the cholera outbreak.

In October 2022 the Ministry of Health unveiled a six-point National Cholera Response Plan budgeted at K21 billion to eradicate the pandemic within two months before the rains start.

The plan failed flat leaving officials with an egg on their faces causing the public to turn against President Lazarus Chakwera for failing to lead the country.

Chiponda further discloses that in the last seven days, Blantyre has registered 792 cases while Lilongwe has 506 cases, and expects the figure to rise by the end of Tuesday.

Kandodo Chiponda who is also co-chairperson of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 and Cholera said the public feedback on the postponement of the reopening of schools in Lilongwe and Blantyre is a positive development in the fight against cholera.