Zimbabweans have once again been reminded to follow the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on COVID-19 to prevent a spike in cases like what is happening in some European and American countries.
The reminder has been made by Vice President Retired General, Dr Constantino Chiwenga when he launched a Health Expo and the COVID-19 awareness cycling campaign in Makokoba suburb in Bulawayo.
The nation must not put off its armour as the world battles to contain the second wave of COVID-19, with the pandemic having so far claimed over a million lives and infected over 50 million globally.
These were the words of Vice President Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care when he launched the Health Expo and the COVID-19 awareness cycling campaign in Bulawayo.
“Let me state that the COVID-19 outbreak is a real threat to humankind. The vagaries of the pandemic have continued to adversely impact on the socio-economic well-being of our people and subsequently the national and collective security of the state.
“To date, the WHO has recorded more than 50 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, while more than 1.2 million people lost their lives globally. The crisis has brought about one of the worst economic recessions for many countries.”
The Vice President also noted with concern how some people are disregarding laid down COVID-19 safety guidelines.
“The observance of the one-meter social distancing, the upkeep of hygiene and sanitation by washing our hands with soap and running water is key. Our cyclists as they ride to Chitungwiza will educate people along the way on the need to follow the WHO guidelines at all times.”
Minister of Youth, Sports, Art and Recreation, Dr Kirsty Coventry said early detection of cases and local production of personal protective equipment is important for the management of COVID-19.
“The fact that personal protective equipment is now produced locally is a good thing in that its more accessible to people who can’t afford imported products and that’s good for our economy.”
The Minister of State for Bulawayo Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Cde Judith Ncube expressed concern over an increase in COVID-19 cases.
“Bulawayo is a hotbed when it comes to COVID-19 the numbers are rising every day and this is of concern to us all and I want to appeal to people to follow the health guidelines so that we save lives.”
Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce, Cde Raj Modi has donated food hampers to local health institutions.
He also donated vending carts to the local youths as part of the empowerment drive to the unemployed.