MBS action compels firm to re-iodise salt

  Malawi Bureau of Standard (MBS) officials on Monday inspected the re-iodisation of salt at Agora Limited warehouses in Limbe following the impounding of the commodity earlier due to failure to meet required standards. MBS executive director Davlin Chokazinga said the re-iodisation of over 900 metric tonnes of salt will also take place at Farmers…

Traffickers target disabled children

Police hunt for syndicate Police have embarked on a manhunt for a syndicate suspected to be trafficking children nationwide and using them, including some with physical disabilities, as street beggars in the country’s cities and towns. Police say the suspected syndicate members share he begging proceeds with the children’s parents, agents and the children themselves.…

Demystifying mental health issues

  When the stress and anxiety from the pain of losing his parents and later testing HIV positive took its toll on Ted Munthali, 37, from Traditional Authority (T/A) Jalavikuba in Mzimba, his behaviour took a turn for the worse. He left home, wandering about the peripherals of Mzuzu City where he was eating from…

When ART is delayed

  For Margaret Madeya—a 46-year-old mother of five from Group Village Head (GHV) Madeya in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chikumbu in Mulanje—testing HIV-positive was an opportunity to reclaim her sound health. Nevertheless, that remains a pipedream having been impeded from enrolling on antiretroviral therapy (ART) courtesy of the country’s ART management system which currently does not…

Flood victims cry for maize

People who were hit by floods in some districts in the Southern Region early this year are facing hunger due to low yields. A recent visit to Nsanje, Chikwawa and Phalombe, which were among the districts that President Peter Mutharika declared as disaster areas in the aftermath of the floods, revealed that many communities have…

Elephants on the rampage in Machinga

Barely a month after the Department of Parks and Wildlife withdrew its game rangers from Liwonde National Park, elephants have caused havoc in a number of villages in Traditional Authority (T/A) Amidu in Machinga District, residents have confirmed. The department, through its director Brighton Kumchedwa, has confirmed having withdrawn its rangers following a concession agreement…

NGOs, councils clash on projects for lack of MoU

Some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been accused of not using laid down procedures when starting operations in districts, a development that causes duplication of activities, among others. A tour to Nsanje, Mulanje and Phalombe districts last week revealed that district councils are struggling to keep track of some NGOs which implement projects without seeking approval…

Nsanje CD4 machine dysfunctional

  Efforts to mitigate effects of the HIV and Aids in Nsanje are being hampered by the absence of a CD4 machine at the district hospital. The machine developed a fault some weeks ago, according to authorities. The revelation came during a joint annual review conducted by the National Aids Commission (NAC) in the district…

Baby dumping worries Steka

About 11 babies have been dumped in Blantyre City since the beginning of 2015, a development that is worrying Step Kids Awareness (Steka), one of the organisations keeping abandoned and street children in the city. Steka director Godknows Maseko said recent trends are a cause for anxiety to authorities and relevant organisations like Steka, home…

Dowa councillors chase DC

  A meeting of councillors, chiefs and parliamentarians failed to resolve issues at Dowa District Council on Wednesday after councillors in the district, led by now council chairperson Martin Luka-Phiri, chased District Commissioner Fanny Msimuko. The councillors accused Msimuko of wastefulness in managing the council’s resources. Msimuko maintained on Thursday that she is still in…