A Chipinge Town Council Environmental Health Officer (EHO) was last week on Wednesday suspended for warning residents on a WhatsApp group of six suspected cases of coronavirus that the local authority is dealing with.
Shungu Masuku sent a message to the group, warning the members to on high alert as there were people who had come from South Africa and were exhibiting symptoms consistent with the novel coronavirus. The WhatsApp message read:
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In Chipinge we are doing six contact cases whose names and addresses were given from our entry points. One is in Medium, one in Gaza and four in low density. Saka lets be on the alert people.
Tinogona kunge tinayo Covid 19 muno muChipinge (We may serious have Covid 19 here in Chipinge). Vanhu stay at home ndapota.
Dutu parinozopera vamwe vedu vanogona kushaikwa nekusateerera (Please stay at home. We may lose many people here because of this pandemic. Please take hid, don’t lose your life by failing to listen to this message). From EHO Chipinge Town Council.
When contacted by Masvingo Mirror to confirm Shungu’s suspension, both the local authority secretary, Susan Dube and chairman Zivanai Nyakuchena professed ignorance over the matter.