By Moses Charedzera
YAFM and online television portal Great Dyke TV will host the inaugural webinar on the series Beating Covid-19 Infections on the 29th of January 2021 at 0900hrs.
A number of panelists including Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Senator Larry Mavhima, the Midlands Provincial Medical Director Dr Fabian Mashingaidze, Prince Mutandi, ZINATHA Secretary for Education, a survivor and a representative from the local office of the United Nationswill be among the panelists.
A nominee from the partners Cell Insurance will also be part of the panel. YAFM Chairman Munyaradzi Hwengwere will moderate the discussion.
Covid-19 Infections and deaths have spiked in January when the country was hit by a second wave of the pandemic withgovernment imposing a level four lockdown to control the surge in infections.
YAFM General Manager Tawanda Gudhlangah said the collaboration with Great Dyke TV was borne out of the realisation of the critical role communicators can play in the fight against the pandemic.
“The huge spike in covid-19 figures jolted us into action as communicators. We are as deeply concerned as everyone else about the toll covid-19 is having on the population, so we thought about how we can contribute towards beating the tide of rising infections.
We are alive to the role that radio as a mass medium can play in providing accurate information on the pandemic and galvanizing society to action.
So, this is our contribution as communicators to the fight to stop the spread of covid-19, which is a dreaded disease as it has no cure,” said Gudhlangah.
The YAFM general manager said the webinar creates a platform for various experts, policymakers and corporates to put their minds together and come up with solutions to nagging issues surrounding covid-19.
“The webinar is a convenient forum where policymakers, medical experts, traditional healers, corporates and people infected and affected by the disease can come together and engage to come up with responses to fight covid-19.
“Currently Zimbabwean society is gripped by fear and pessimism when it comes to covid-19. We need to leverage on our combined insights and strengths as Zimbabweans to create hope and positivity while disseminating correct information for use by the public,” he said.
Gudhlangah said partnership opportunities are still open for those who want to come on board in the fight against the pandemic adding this is a fight that all organisations and corporates should join as the disease affects all in society.
The webinars which will be held every fortnight on YAFM radio station and will be streamed on Great Dyke TV, and Facebook pages of YAFM, Sly Media, 263chat and Zimeye.