November 27, 2020

Chikwawa DHO urges communities to trade carefully on beliefs against Covid-19

Chikwawa DHO urges communities to trade carefully on beliefs against Covid-19

Chikwawa DHO urges communities to trade carefully on beliefs against Covid-19

By Alex Charlie

With an accumulative figure currently standing at 36, Chikwawa district has had no death registered due to the Corona virus.

Chikwawa DHO urges communities to trade carefully on beliefs against Covid-19

Some of them have recovered while some are still sick.

Going around some parts of the district, possibly just like many others across the country, people hold on to some beliefs which they think would play an important role in curing Covid-19.

Communities of Chapananga and Ngowe in the district said there were beliefs that consumption of much salt or drinking locally brewed beer commonly known as Kachasu would help kill the virus and be free from Corona.

However, Health Promotion Officer (HPO) at the district hospital, Peter Nasoni said in a separate interview that truth of the matter is that the said beliefs possibly practised within the communities do not cure Coronavirus.

“It is our plea that the communities prevent applying such myths that do not have any scientific backups,” stated Nasoni

The HPO further encouraged everyone in Chikwawa district to adhere to advice that is being given by medical practitioners in terms of how they can prevent the disease (Covid-19).

“They should be able to wash their hands with soap, they should practice social distancing, they should avoid unnecessary travel and whenever they see someone with signs and symptoms of Covid-19 disease they should be able to intervene immediately,” he stated

Health Communication for Life (HC4L) with funding from USAID supported the Ministry of Health and Population Health Education Services (MoHP-HEs) to conduct district based Covid-19 orientation sessions for members of Radio Listener’s Clubs and Community Theatre Groups (CTGs) in Chikwawa.

The orientation reached out to 12 clubs; 8 RLCs and 4 CTGs respectively in the areas of Traditional Authorities (TAs) Chapananga and Ngowe in the district.