By Rumbidzai Chiriseri.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa says his government is committed to stopping COVID-19 from spreading into Zimbabwe.
The President said this at the launch of the Zimbabwe Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19 at the State House this morning.
Addressing the gathering President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe has scaled up its responses to the Coronavirus and improved detection and surveillance systems at the country’s ports of entry and exit.
”My government is very much committed to stopping COVID-19. Our preparedness measures have been stepped up through heightened surveillance systems at national, provincial and district levels with special focus on all ports of entry,” he said.
Following the declaration of the COVID-19 outbreak as a public health emergency, the President also urged all Zimbabweans to practise good hygiene as the Coronavirus affects everyone.
”Although global evidence is suggesting that the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions are at highest risk of contracting COVID-19, it is affecting everyone including children, young men and young women.
”Considering the scale and magnitude of the spread of this virus ,it is very clear that, no country is immune to this virus or will be spared. We are deeply concerned about the impact COVID-19 could have in Zimbabwe. This situation is a real threat to all the citizens of our mother country,” said President Mnangagwa.
The President acknowledged the support from the Chinese Government towards zimbabwe’s preparedness plan to stop COVID-19 from spreading into the country.
”This plan will enable us to have coordinated management strategy that will focus on preventing COVID-19 outbreak in Zimbabwe and mitigating the severity of its impact. Every sector and every individual must be involved in this national response to COVID-19. l would like to acknowledge assistance so far extended to Zimbabwe by the Republic of China,” said President Mnangagwa.
The launched preparedness plan has eight pillars aligned to the World Health Organisation’s global 2019 Novel Coronavirus Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan which encompass coordination, planning and monitoring, risk communication and community engagement, surveillance, rapid response teams and case investigation, points of entry, national laboratories , infection prevention and control, case management and operational support and logistics.