The vice-chairperson of the Ad-Hoc Inter-Ministerial Taskforce on Covid-19, Professor Amon Murwira, has emphasised the importance of frontline workers.
Professor Murwira who is also the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education said health caregivers are the heroes of our time and everyone must play their part in helping them do their jobs in the difficult time of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He made the remarks after disturbing reports from some areas which suggest that nurses were being stigmatised after images from Norton showed some nurse aides being barred from boarding public transport. Murwira said:
Health services, nurses, doctors are the heroes of our time.
Everyone must make sure they play a part in helping them do their job. Yes, the Government has provided transport for frontline workers, but as a responsible society, we need to be seen appreciating their efforts.
Let us never lose our guard in the fight against Covid-19. Let us continue to adhere to the prescribed protocols to win the fight against this virus, and also avoid a spike in Covid-19 infections.
This is happening when health workers have continued to show resilience even when health caregiver, especially nurses, have died after testing positive to coronavirus.
Health caregivers have since 2019 embarked on periodic industrial actions while some have since deserted public health institutions citing potential exposure to the virus and poor remuneration.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company has indicated intentions to beef up its fleet in response to high demand.
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