Children should be taught how to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Group of young children in Lilongwe Malawi
Group of young children in Lilongwe Malawi

By  Sam Majamanda

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Oxfam Malawi has said teaching children ways of preventing the transmission of Ccovid-19 is a great way of ending the spread of the virus.

Oxfam’s Deputy Country Director Elias Khozombwe made the remarks on Tuesday in Phalombe during a District Executive Committee (DEC) meeting in which the organization presented a Covid-19 related project to be implemented in the district.

He said that the organization would like schools in the district to concentrate on educating children on Covid-19 prevention measures as their education would benefit a huge population.

“When you teach a child something chances are that the child will take the message home and facilitate change at household level through interaction with his/her family; in that way, we’ll be able to reach many through children,” Khozombwe said.

District Education Manager (DEM) for Phalombe, Sonnex Likharuwe said teaching children was easier than adults.

“When you tell a child what to do, he/she takes it as gospel truth and that can assist in the propagation of Covid-19 messages; so we need to focus on the children so that they grow up knowing that Covid-19 is real but we can manage it through good practices,” he said.

Likharuwe added that apart from preventing Covid-19 today the initiative would also ensure the protection of the next generation.

In Phalombe District, seven Covid-19 cases have been registered but no deaths have yet been reported, according to the health department.

Since the event of the Covid-19 schools have remained closed in the country following a presidential order aimed at reducing the spread of the virus.

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