COVID-19: BT DHO in mandatory household testing

Blantyre DHO, Dr Gift Kawalazira

Blantyre District Health Office (DHO) has embarked on a mandatory testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) in over 300 households in Limbe township.

The district's health and social services welfare officer, Dr Gift Kawalazira told on Thursday that they had already tested 111 households as of Wednesday.

"We are doing the exercise together with the Asian Business Community in the district. The target has been Limbe township, especially Mpingwe areas as it is now the hub for the virus. The 111 households represents 48 percent of the workdone. We have done this since there is increase in local transmissions and we need to be sure that the people are safe," he said.

As of Friday, the country registered 82 cases of the virus with 10 new recorded in Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre.

The country's commercial city now has 24 cases second to Lilongwe which leads the list with 30 patients.

Meanwhile Blantyre DHO has recommended closure of Bangwe Health Centre for two days as some of its staff tested positive for the virus.

According to the Memo by the office, this has been done to create space for disinfecting the premises while the staff go into quarantine.

Last week they also closed Limbe Health Centre.

The first facility to be closed was LMJ clinic in the same township after one of the patients was reportedly being treated by the health personnel from the there.