Youths in Mzimba have been challenged to practice voluntary adherence to COVID-19 preventive measures to protect themselves and others from the pandemic.
This comes amid the tendency of only wearing face masks when coming across law enforcers.
Moses Nkhana, Executive Director for Mzimba Youths Organisation, recently made the remarks during a candlelight commemoration of those who have died of COVID-19 in the district.
Nkhana said youths in Mzimba are only wearing face masks only when they see the presence of police officers in the streets and that they do not take it as their responsibility to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“Youths are the most active people in society and make several movements. They are carriers of Coronavirus if preventive measures are overlooked. There is no need to be stubborn in adhering to preventive measures of COVID-19, we have to protect ourselves and our parents,” Nkhana said.
Leading the memorial prayers was Pastor Gift Magawa of Mzimba Open Heaven Ministries who quashed aside every myth surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine.
Magawa said COVID-19 is affecting everyone saying even believers have succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He then encouraged his fellow religious leaders to allow their followers to get vaccinated saying seeking medical help does not contradict the teachings of Christianity.
Apart from religious leaders and youths, the commemoration was also attended by health personnel, police officers and officials from M’mbelwa District Council.
As of Tuesday, August 17, 2021, Mzimba South has cumulatively recorded 1424 cases and 59 deaths since the first case of the pandemic was reported in 2020.