- Mnangagwa launches National Coronavirus Preparedness Plan
- Urges citizens to unite and put differences aside
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has on Thursday urged citizens to pray in the fight against the ravaging Coronavirus (COVID 19 virus) that has taken toll all over the world.
He made the plea during his speech at Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) National Preparedness Response Plan in Harare.
“Together we will overcome this global health challenge and continue to steer our beloved nation towards prosperity. Of course I should not leave out the plea by his grace that we must pray. We have the knowledge, the means and resources to fight this disease,” he said.
Mnangagwa, who declared the disease a national disaster on Tuesday, said the disease was a serious threat considering the detrimental effect it has caused to Zimbabwe’s trading partners.
He said the national emergency preparedness and response mechanism for surveillance and early detection of possible cases was activated and will remain activated until after the World Health Organisation (WHO) has removed the global health alert.
To date, 10 000 travellers having entered and screened for the disease although there are some porous illegal entry points especially in Manicaland Province.
Mnangagwa showered praises on the Ministry of Health and Child Care for its effort to prepare a robust national COVID 19 preparedness plan.
“Finally, may I take this opportunity to congratulate the Ministry of Health and Child Care working with the other ministries and its partners for the outstanding work they have so far done in coming together with this robust national COVID 19 preparedness and response plan,” he said.
He urged Zimbabweans to be united and put differences aside to limit the effects of Coronavirus.
“If we act swiftly with purpose collectively we can limit the effects of coronavirus on our people and country. As enshrined in our constitution, our major priority is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our fellow Zimbabweans regardless of age, gender, religion or political persuasion. I strongly believe that we can continue to act together and put our differences aside. To do the right things at the right time, right place, we will overcome COVID 19,” he said.