Vapostori in Covid-19 awareness drive
A JOHANNE Masowe YeChishanu apostolic sect has launched a spirited coronavirus (Covid-19) awareness drive, preaching on precautionary measures and guidelines which also saw it donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to congregants and members of the community.
Launched in Chiredzi over the weekend, the event marked the commencement of a nationwide initiative by the religious sect, which is expected to marshal the sect’s followers into adopting and implementing Covid-19 guidelines. It comes at a time when the sect marked the day of national prayer and fasting over the epidemic yesterday.
The government has recently relaxed lockdown measures introduced to mitigate the rapid spread of the lethal virus.
The country’s confirmed Covid-19 cases have risen to 383, with 54 recoveries and four deaths.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, the Chiredzi-based apostolic sect leader, Madzibaba Tyregy Chigadzira, real name Wilfred Hunana, said the sect’s initiative has seen congregants as well as the Chiredzi community receive face masks, hand sanitisers, a 10kg bag of roller meal each, sugar, vegetables and toiletries.
“The event marked the beginning of an initiative by our church to increase awareness on coronavirus as the pandemic has affected all of us and we are in this together ,hence we need to come out and fight this together.
“We have been educating our members on how to protect themselves against coronavirus, including aspects to do with social distancing, personal hygiene and wearing and proper disposal of used face masks.
“It is also intended to cushion church members, vulnerable members of the community such as the elderly, people with disability as well as child-headed families in order to ameliorate their plight.
“We hope our timely initiative would spur other churches to action because together our efforts will make an impact to our communities,” he said.
Over the years, indigenous apostolic sects have been at loggerheads with the authorities for their reluctance to embrace government health policies such as immunisation programmes, construction of proper ablution facilities at their shrines, eradicating child marriages and educating the girl child.