COVID-19: Media urged to report responsibly

By ZBC Reporter
GOVERNMENT has urged the media to be responsible by avoiding sensationalism and speculative tendencies when reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking this Saturday during a COVID-19 mapping exercise of several health institutions which include Ekusileni Hospital, Thorngrove and Phelandaba in Bulawayo, a member of the COVID-19 Inter- Ministerial Taskforce and Minister of Local Government and Public Works, July Moyo said falsehoods cause unnecessary panic and despondency.
“Falsehoods exacerbate what we are already scared of. The spread of falsehoods is a level 14 offence. In terms of jail term, one can spend up to 20 years behind bars, we urge people to shy away from capitalising from the COVID-19 situation, there should be transparency,” highlighted the minister.
The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Professor Amon Murwira noted the importance of unity in times like these.
“We are faced with an unprecedented situation. We are at war with a virus. This virus needs us to work together and work in unity. If we don’t do that, we are in trouble. We will fight it with unity, science and everything at our disposal,” he said.
The Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Judith Ncube appreciated the way Zimbabweans have rallied behind government in the fight against the pandemic.
“I am happy with Bulawayo’s commitment in the fight against COVID-19. People of Zimbabwe are there with the government. Together we can make it happen,” said Minister Ncube.
Honourable ohNqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu and Professor Paul Mavhima are the other members of the COVID-19 Inter-Ministerial taskforce who attended the mapping exercise of Bulawayo’s health institutions.