The “Present Danger Campaign” under the hashtag #CoronavirusZimbabwe questioned the preparedness of Zimbabwe government to deal with the COVID-19 urging for boarders to be closed, that the COVID 19 be declared a state of emergency and for government to increase solution centres especially in rural areas.
In a press conference today, a Present Danger Campaigner, Esther Vongai Zimudzi stated that the Zimbabwe’s healthy system is already at the verge to collapse owing to economic instability hence there is need to declare Coronavirus a state of emergency and come together as a nation to come up with concrete plans to deal with a potential public health crisis.
She urged the Health Minister, Obadiah Moyo to approach parliament on amplifying measures that his ministry is taking to deal with the COVID-19 virus such as increasing solution centres which are currently six, that deal with screening, testing and isolating confirmed cases, particularly at every border post.
The Present Danger campaigner, also said the government should be alarmed by the cases of Coronavirus being recorded in South Africa (SA) putting in consideration that many Zimbabweans travel to and from SA, some illegally, hence the need to make sure that there are sufficient solution centres that are fully equipped to deal with COVID-19.
She said the government of Zimbabwe should desist from a culture of always being reactionary to crisis but should be pro-active in coming up with solutions that will safeguard the lives of Zimbabwean populace.
Zimudzi also said the decision to continue allowing foreign citizens into the country especially those coming from already well-known Coronavirus hit areas is lame as it led to the spread of the dangerous disease.
Coronavirus has been trending worldwide with over 3000 deaths reported worldwide out of over 95 000 infections, most countries have gone into crisis mode, imposing travel bans and enforced quarantine measures to contain the virus.
By Rutendo Bamu