By Innocent Nxumalo
The surge in local Covid-19 cases has prompted the government and its partners to undertake awareness campaigns for the benefit of communities in border lying areas.
Porous borders have been a challenge for authorities in efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19.
It is against this background that the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services has resolved to intensify Covid-19 awareness campaigns in communities along the border.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Tsholotsho outreach programme, Director in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Mr Tarzan Mandizvidza highlighted the importance of knowledge sharing in overcoming the global pandemic.
“The level of consciousness amongst Zimbabweans gives us hope that we will see ourselves through this pandemic. It is, however, necessary for the government and its partners to keep on reminding them on prevention measures. We have targeted border areas as we are anticipating a harsher second wave because we don’t want to leave anyone in disseminating key information.”
Perch Media Trust Director, Mr Collen Magobeya who was also part of the initiative called for unity of purpose.
“After carrying successful campaigns in areas like Nyamapanda, Beitbridge, we have seen it fit to also come to Tsholotsho and engage the public on this deadly virus. We hope this programme will stimulate a change of behaviour which is needed for the nation to overcome COVID-19.”
Meanwhile, organisers of the outreach programme also distributed Covid-19 awareness material and sanitisers.