CENTRAL Province Minister Sydney Mushanga has warned provincial heads of government departments as well as local authorities in the province against complacent in the fight against Covid-19 amid escalating numbers of positive cases.
Mr Mushanga said he had noted with regret that some water buckets that were placed outside government offices as measures to fight the pandemic had become mere decorations as people were no longer using them.
He said the new wave of covid-19 was deadly regardless of age and human race hence the need to adhere to the five golden rules which include masking up in public, maintaining physical distance, washing hands frequently as well as avoid crowded places and seek medical attention early if symptomatic.
The Minister was speaking when he officially opened an emergency virtual meeting to discuss the escalating numbers of Covid-19 positive cases in the Province. The meeting was attended by all the 12 districts in the province.
Figures released Thursday by the Ministry Health indicated that Zambia recorded 802 positive cases of the virus with Kabwe recording 153 including two deaths.
The 153 is a massive jump from just 26 the previous day and only second to Lusaka which had 212 cases. Similarly, Mkushi had 13 while Chisamba and Kapiri Mposhi had 10 each with two for Luano district. Only Ngabwe is yet to record a positive case in the province.
“We cannot continue with the mentality of business as usual. It is time to take action and I sincerely hope and trust that the participants in this virtual meeting today must lead the way because they are trendsetters,” he said.
“In view of the serious nature of the situation, I urge all heads of government departments at all levels and councils in the provinces to comply enforce the public health guidelines by placing water buckets with soap or hand sanitizers outside each office.”
Mr Mushanga who revealed that one officer at Bwacha Parliamentary National Assembly Office had tested positive for Covid-19 later led civil servants including provincial heads of government departments in testing for the virus at the former Expo office.
He also announced that officials from the Ministry of Health would be fumigating the provincial administration on Friday.
Acting Permanent Secretary Alfred Sakwiya who was tested said there was need to scale up efforts aimed at reducing the spread of the pandemic in the province.
Mr Sakwiya said the current situation need concerted efforts from all stakeholders to tackle it.