Machinga rated best performing district in Covid-19 vaccine uptake in Malawi

By Chisomo Phiri

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund(
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) findings have rated Machinga as Malawi’s Best Performing district in Covid-19 vaccine uptake with 75 percent.

Speaking during a stakeholders meeting in Machinga on Tuesday, the district hospital’s Chief Preventive and Health Officer, Alfred Phiri described the achievement as a milestone.

Phiri attributed the success story to traditional leaders’ efforts during the Covid-19 vaccine uptake campaigns.

He then challenged authorities in the district to put an extra gear in order to achieve 100 percent Covid-19 vaccine uptake.

On his part, Traditional Authority(T/A) Mizinga, who was  named as the best T/A during the meeting, said the achievement was due to good coordination between chiefs, the district hospital, district council and the youth.

Malawi declared a state of national disaster due to the COVID-19 pandemic on  March 20, 2020 and registered its first confirmed coronavirus case on April 2, 2020.

Cumulatively, Machinga district recorded 1025 Covid-19 cases and 45 deaths.