By Staff Writer:
The Embassy of Ireland on Wednesday paid a courtesy call to Karonga District, where some of the Irish funds were invested in strengthening point of entry for Covid-19 screening and isolations at Songwe border.
Since April 2020 when Malawi reported its first case of Covid-19, the Embassy of Ireland has supported the Malawi Government’s Ministry Of Heath efforts and contributed more than two million dollars (US$2,183,176.63), through UNICEF, for the fight against Covid-19.
Led by Lilian Chaguluka, the delegation also visited the district hospital where their aid helped in operations of the Emergency Treatment Unit.
While at the border, the delegation had time to share notes with the joint border health committee (comprising various government departments that operate at Songwe) whose hair is the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) Victor Msesa.
For the past three months, Songwe border post has disinfected 4,504 vehicles, screened 8, 070 immigrants and carried 21 covid 19 vaccinations.
The border officials have since cited lack of a PCR Covid-19 testing equipment and unavailability of an ambulance on site for referral emergencies as key challenges in the fight against Covid-19.