The Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 is expressing concern over the public’s growing tendency to seek treatment while in a critical state.
The concern comes as the country continues to register rising coronavirus cases on a daily basis.
According to Wednesday’s Covid-19 status update signed by taskforce co-chairperson John Phuka, many patients are arriving at treatment units while in a severe state and several are being pronounced dead on arrival.
While calling on the citizenry to report early for better treatment, Phuka encourages the people to take simple, balanced meals that can meet their daily energy needs and to adequately rehydrate by drinking more water.
Recently there has been a growing tendency by the masses of relying on home treatment involving herbal remedies, a development that the authorities are condemning.
As of Thursday this week, Malawi had registered 16,049 coronavirus cases including 6,314 recoveries and 396 deaths since the virus was first reported in April last year.
Meanwhile, the authorities are encouraging people not to hesitate to call provided toll free numbers whenever they experience Covid symptoms like fever, cough, flu, tiredness, shortness of breath, and loss of taste or smell.