COVID-19: Experts Advisory Committee members named

By ZBC Reporter

THE twelve-member COVID-19 Experts Advisory Committee has been named to provide science-based evidence on the national COVID-19 preparedness and response.

The committee is made up of professionals from different backgrounds who will spearhead the guidance of policy about the pandemic.

Addressing the media after a Cabinet meeting this Tuesday Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said, “Today, Cabinet approved the appointed of the following members: Dr. Tonderai Mapako, Mr. Tendai Kureya, Dr. Justen Manasa, Professor Rudo Makunike-Mutasa, Dr. Alex Gasasira, Dr. Lincoln Charimari, Professor Rose Kambarami, Dr. Gladwin Muchena, Dr. Samson Shumbairerwa, Dr. Muteweye, Professor Rashida Ferrand, and Ms. Ester Masunda. The Committee is made up of professionals in the relevant fields who are expected to deliver on this important mandate,” said Minister Mutsvangwa in a post-cabinet brief.

The country has now recorded six thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven (6 837) confirmed COVID-19 cases while five thousand three hundred and forty-five (5 345) persons had recovered from the virus.

“Harare and Bulawayo Metropolitan Provinces are the epicentres of the pandemic, while community transmissions account for the majority of the new cases. The loss of 206 lives to the pandemic is sincerely regretted and all efforts are being made to ably manage the situation.

“The number of testing laboratories countrywide has increased to 32, following the inclusion of the Dangerous Pathogens Laboratory, Unki Mine and PSI on the inventory of the testing laboratories. Health Care Workers and other frontline workers continue to be prioritized in the testing regime,” she said.

Government has released $205 million for the drilling of ten (10) specialised boreholes amid indications that a total of 222 boreholes have been drilled by government and its partners as part of the COVID-19 response.

“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has up-scaled efforts in preparation for the 14 and 28 September 2020 re-opening of Cambridge and ZIMSEC examination-administering schools, respectively. The Ministry is currently procuring PPE, infrared thermometers, disinfectants and other hygiene products to the tune of ZW$654 147 907.

“The Risk and Communication Sub-Committee is increasing public awareness to ensure there is co-sharing of information dissemination and enforcement of COVID-19 regulations. Under this initiative, community health clubs will be set up and community volunteers trained to carry out outreach programmes,” reads part of the statement