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The Government’s Response To COVID-19 Has Been Haphazard – Crisis In Zimbabwe Coalition

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) has expressed their disappointment in the manner in which the government responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and said the government has not tactifully responded to COVID-19 Newsday reports.

Describing the government’s response to COVID-19 as haphazard, CiZC regional coordinator Blessing Vava said;

It is disappointing to note that the government’s response to COVID-19 has been haphazard, with lots of misinformation while the out of sorts President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been running all over like a headless chicken. It seems there is no strategy and a clear roadmap, on how the nation is going to progress post lockdown.

The Health ministry has been reduced to giving statistics on the number of infections without adequately proffering practical solutions to curb the spread of COVID-19. Despite imposing a lockdown which has rather failed due to the socio-economic structure of our society, many Zimbabweans continue to be at risk as the struggle for economic survival is a daily reality. Over 70% of Zimbabweans are living in poverty. A lockdown that is not supported by a rigorous COVID-19 testing programme will unfortunately just be a tick-box exercise.

The government is in a countrywide health institutions facilities inspection after it declared some unequipped hospitals like Thorngrove and Mutare Infectious Diseases Hospitals  COVID-19 isolation centres.

More: Newsday

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