Country’s borders critical towards containing COVID-19 spread: Legislators

By ZBC Reporter
PORTS of entry have been described as critical in the country’s efforts to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The parliamentary portfolio commitee on defence and security was at Beitbridge border post on a fact-finding mission to assess how the immigration department is coping during Covid-19 era.
Briefing the portfolio committee, Regional Immigration Officer, Mr Nqobile Ncube acknowledged government efforts in protecting ports of entry staff during the Covid-19 period, including instituting measures to make their work easier.
“In the history of Beitbridge we now have largest fleet to transport our officers; at a certain point we were doing with 1 car also on the issue of PPEs we are covered and we anticipate that transition is going to be sustained,” he said.
Acting Chair of the portfolio committee, Retired Brigadier General Callisto Gwanetsa said the immigration department is a critical front-liner as the nation battles the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are visiting the entry and exit points so as to assess what are the requirements under these circumstances, especially when we talk about security for people on the ground…,” he said.
The parliamentary portfolio committee also noted the need to improve security through the use of drones and other technological gadgets which minimise physical contact.
Following the outbreak of Covid-19 in March this year, Beitbridge border post was closed for passenger traffic, with only returning residents, commercial cargo, diplomats on government business and human remains for burial being allowed entry.

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