Prevention Only Measure To Avert Potential Covid 3rd Wave – Mahomva

Zimbabwe has drawn a lot of lessons in managing the coronavirus since the onset of the second wave and these lessons can guide the nation in responding to a potential third wave, a senior government official has said.

In her weekly update issued on Friday, the national COVID-19 co-ordinator in the Office of the President and the Cabinet Dr Agnes Mahomva it has become clear that individuals have to see the benefits of adherence to set regulations

Another lesson learnt was that surveillance and testing are key in helping the country determine the impact of the disease. Dr Mahomva said:

Strong community ownership in national response is very critical. It is important that the involvement is taken on board as this can contribute to achievements or lack of.

Communities need to realise and recognise that recommended measures are for our good and not wait on police to force them to implement.

… We also learnt that prevention is better, it is not only cheaper but very effective even the world over.

More testing consumables have been purchased and more testing has been conducted as seen in the figures last week.

We also learnt the importance of being guided by science in all we do which has helped us get to where we are.

The country’s COVID-19 epidemic curve is on a downward trend over the past few weeks with new cases falling to double digits for the first time in over a month on Sunday.

Yesterday, only 65 new coronavirus infections were recorded and this is a signifant decline from the over 1 000 cases recorded on some days in January.

More: Chronicle

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