Cities brace for covid-19

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LOCAL authorities across the country are bracing for the coronavirus outbreak by intensifying preparedness and response measures despite Zimbabwe being in the clear for now, the Daily News reports.

Harare City Council has partnered with Ecosure and distributed foot pedalled hand washing basins for the city’s busy areas to fight the spread of Covid-19, while Chitungwiza municipality has so far identified St Mary’s and Seke South Clinics as isolation facilities in the event that there are any suspected cases.

Chitungwiza mayor Lovemore Maiko yesterday said the town has conducted training of front-line health workers from municipal clinics, including Chitungwiza Central Hospital, CitMed Private Hospital and Manyame 24hr Medical Centre, aimed at equipping them with the requisite knowledge and skills regarding the pandemic.

“The health department is in the process of producing leaflets and posters for distribution in the community aimed at creating awareness among the general populace on prevention of Covid-19 and we are also engaging the District Civil Protection Unit in terms of our preparedness and rapid response.

“So far, we have identified St Mary’s and Seke South clinics as isolation facilities in the event that there are any suspected cases of Covid-19 in Chitungwiza. However, this requires national support to have fully-equipped isolation facilities.”

Mutare mayor Blessing Tandi told the Daily News that the authority has engaged local groups to help in awareness campaigns.

“We are seeing Mutare as a potential risk because of its proximity to Mozambique and the porous entry points we have along the border, even though we haven’t received any suspected case of coronavirus,” he said.

“I have also toured our quarantine centre and observed we still have a long way to go in meeting standards.”

Gweru mayor Hosiah Makombe said the city was monitoring every person from Covid-19 affected areas and putting them under quarantine for 21 days,

“This is just a precautionary measure and nothing more. We will keep on monitoring those who come to our city from other countries that have had the virus,” Makombe said.

This comes as MDC Alliance party president Nelson Chamisa has initiated the Zimbabwe Lock Out Corona (ZimLOC) campaign with a view to encourage preparedness for MDC-led councils.

According to the party communications department, the initiative is also meant to ensure proactive participation of parliamentarians and increase awareness among citizens.

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