By ZBC Reporter
The Zimbabwe COVID-19 Health Booths Project concept, an initiative developed through a collaborative partnership of three institutions to disseminate factual information on COVID-19, has been launched in Epworth.
The Dissemination of correct information is critical, hence the launch of the ZimCOVID-19 Health Project concept through a partnership of the University of Zimbabwe, Bullion Healthcare and the Zimbabwe College of Pathology.
The first project was launched at Chiremba shops in Epworth, amid revelations that daily visitations to the booth are averaging 50 people among all age groups.
Health and Child Care Deputy Minister, Dr John Mangwiro welcomed the participation of the private sector in the implementation of public health programmes.
“The impact of the pandemic has seen interruption in trade, work and business, stoppage of schools and travel, diminished incomes, brought social distress, illness and death as the world continues to grapple with a disease that has no cure or vaccine yet. Among its various strategies to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government of Zimbabwe promotes the communication of correct information on the disease as this leads to the practice of best prevention practices against the disease.
“My Ministry, therefore, applauds the creation of this professionally designed health information hub for combating COVID-19 in various spaces such as local communities, travel hubs, markets, learning institutions and workspaces in Zimbabwe. I encourage the Epworth community to share health information obtained from the Booth with families, friends and the community at large so that no one is left as we march on against the pandemic.”
The initiative is set to see trained people working with communities to disseminate information on COVID-19, representatives of the three organisations that partnered to come up with the programme underscored the importance of disseminating correct information.
Lighter moments punctuated the launch with popular talk show host, Amai Rebecca Chisamba reminding Epworth residents to remain vigilant and guard against complacency.
Musician and comedian, Freddy Manjalima also known as Kapfupi and his wife, Mai Ngaa who are Epworth residents were selected as brand ambassadors of the Epworth booth.
A local resident Mrs Muzambwa provided land for the construction of the booth.