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Female journalists advocate for healthcare workers’ support. By Fatsani Gunya

Association of Women in Media (Awome), a group of female journalists in the country, has advocated for increased support from communities towards frontline healthcare workers to help the country contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

Awome interim president Edyth Kambalame argued that only collective efforts would help the nation defeat the virus—whose effects have been devastating across the globe.She was speaking in Blantyre on Wednesday as her association was feeding lunch 250 healthcare workers at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.

Said Kambalame: “As an association, we are aware of how devastating the virus has been on us all; how it has negatively impacted on all sectors of society.

But while almost everyone is concerned with the patients, we felt the frontline health workers should never be ignored.”According to Kambalame, the association spent about K400 000 for the gesture which she hinted will be emulated in several other hospitals across the country in the near future.Receiving the donation on behalf of her team, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital principal nursing officer responsible for Covid-19 response Wezzie Mgungwe thanked Awome for the donation.

“We may be getting the meal allowances from the hospital but trust me; there are times when we cannot afford to leave the ward for a snack. It is overwhelming. As such, this was very thoughtful of the female journalists,” she said.Awome boasts of having over 300 active members from across the country.

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