Coping with Covid-19 as a Medical Student: One Student’s Experience

As Covid-19 has spread across Malawi, school’s have closed and students have been sent home. Medic to Medic student Elita Mkwezalamba shares about prison visits, educating her community, selling popcorn to support her family and more.

Elita visits Mulange prison with some youths to distribute bread, sugar and soap to the prisoners

I would like to express my gratitude towards the help that you provide to me through your
scholarship. Here is a brief description about life at the College of Medicine. Life was so good and awesome due to your support as studies were going on so well with the help of the laptop that you gave me, but things had to change the time schools were closed due to the pandemic of Covid-19.

As I am home there are a lot of things am doing to make sure that I won’t forget about what
we learnt at school such as; studying the handouts that we learnt before schools were closed. I am also studying some handouts and books that were sent by one of our lecturers that we should be studying while we are at home as we are still waiting for implementation of online learning at our school. […] As schools are closed I am spending my time teaching my young brothers and sisters to make sure that they won’t forget about school.

We are teaching people on how to wash hands with soap, maintaining social distance of not less than 1 meter. We are also providing guidance to the elderly people on how they can stay safe in this difficult time as they are the people that are at high risk of not being able to recover from this disease.

Since schools were closed due to the pandemic of Covid, the youth in our community have come up with a group that is providing civic education to the people on how to stay safe during this period of Covid. We are teaching people on how to wash hands with soap, maintaining social distance of not less than 1 meter. We are also providing guidance to the elderly people on how they can stay safe in this difficult time as they are the people that are at high risk of not being able to recover from this disease. So far we have managed to visit almost 3 elderly people and we will continue visiting them. We also help them with household chores such as fetching water for them to make sure they always have good water.


Another story I would like to share is how Covid has affected our family. My mother started
working as a maid at a certain house, things were all going well up until when it was confirmed that Malawi has registered some cases of Covid-19. This has made my mother to lose her job as the boss had to tell her to stop working as he was afraid of putting my mother as well as his family at the risk of contracting the disease as my mother had to travel daily to and from work. Honestly speaking this has affected us as a family because we were relying on her for the support of the family as my father is no longer staying with us he got married to another wife such that he barely come home and he no longer support us as a family. […]

Despite all these challenges we are trying our best to make sure we have our needs as a family such that we are doing some business where by we are selling fried popcorn, groundnuts and other items. I and my sister we also do hair dressing to people hence we make money to provide for our family. We are happy despite all this and we are all doing great.

Some of the items Elita is selling at home

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