Nsanje Youth urged to prevent Covid-19
By Rodrick Katuka-Malawi Exclusive
Nsanje, July 22: Foundation for Civic Education and social Empowerment (Focese) executive director Christie Banda has urged youth in Nsanje to uphold stipulated precaution measures against Covid-19 for their sustainable health.
She made the call on Wednesday when the non-governmental organisation (NGO) donated assorted personal protective equipment (PPE), including infrared thermometers to Nsanje district council.
The materials valued at K2.3 million will also be given to the district’s hospital and 23 youth clubs in the jurisdictions of senior chief Malemia and Mbenje.
Banda said youth should not buy myths and misconceptions that they are not vulnerable to the pandemic.
“We need a holistic response to prevent spread of coronavirus. The pandemic is real and, it attacks and kills both the old and young. You have to observe social distance, avoid touching of eyes, nose and mouth, wear face masks and shields, and wash hands with soap frequently,” said Banda.
She said they have provided the PPE to enhance youth’s participation in community development activities amid the disease.
In an interview, district youth network chairperson Seda Bonzo commended the NGO for the timely gesture, saying they have been equipped to prevent Covid-19.
“These materials will enable us to easily observe the preventive measures. We will hold our meetings in a very safe way possible. It is a relief that gives us hope of avoiding contracting the disease,” he said.
With financial support from DanChurchAid, Focese is implementing a youth for inclusion participation and empowerment project in the district that strives to enhance participation of youths in decentralised development structures.