Funny utterances and minacious lies will not help against this moronic virus which threatens the entire world from the political, economic, social and medical fronts.
For our country, knowing very well the low levels of health incapacitation, it is prudent that we totally avoid contracting the coronavirus from the start.
That should be everyone’s aim at the moment. Waiting to be attacked first because one wants to be a drinking paragon, will be catastrophic. President Emmerson Mnangangwa, has swiftly moved to encourage social distancing. He has closed schools and universities including banning all public gatherings now of more than 50 people. The chief justice has banned all weddings with immediate effect. That is very noble and should be applauded by all sober-minded people in our country. We grew up parroting that prevention is better than cure and that should stand if we are dealing with COVID-19. It will be a cumbersome and hulking task to manage complications of COVID-19 like respiratory distress as a result of lung fibrosis.
There is no heroism in defying simple orders of social distancing. Unnecessary movements should be avoided and if the country is to shut down, and it has to in order to slow down the speed of transmission of this calamitous virus. It is not the President who will benefit alone, but he is trying to knock some sense in people that coronavirus is real and terribly dangerous.
Let us heed our government calls. Ignorance can wipe our beloved Zimbabwe!
The Ministry of Health should categorically inform the nation about the exact gravity of the disease. As it stands today, it seems Zimbabwe has only three cases, but no one informs us about the traced contacts and their results. All is deafening silence. There is no way that the contacts have not been tested and where are the results? This deficiency of information is forcing people to ignore even executive orders. Some still believe COVID-19 is not even next to us. What a pity! I would encourage our dear Ministry to release more information for the betterment of everyone.
The health workers need to know, whether in private or public practice. We need to prepare and take appropriate action in case we meet a COVID-19 case.
COVID-19 needs a robust response team and capacitating all health workers is the key, not only Wilkins Hospital in Harare, I repeat! surgeries and clinics are the first ports of call by patients, but they can become a hub of transmission if they are incapacitated.
It is high time these centres are equipped with protective clothing, gloves and other basic sundries if the fight against COVID-19 is to be won. Ignorance can eliminate us all. COVID-19 needs serious decentralised action.
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