COVID-19 case number 5: Sekuru Banda calls citizens to remain calm

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    Popular traditional healer Sekuru Banda (right) pictured with an unidentified international partner
    • urges citizens to follow government recommendations to mitigate the effects of COVID-19
    • mobilising protective clothing from international partners

    ONE of Africa’s richest traditional healers, Sekuru Kamwelo Banda has called on citizens to remain calm after the announcement of the fifth case of a COVID-19 positive person.

    On Thursday Health and Child Care permanent secretary Dr Agnes Mahomva announced that Zimbabwe has recorded five cases of people who have tested positive to COVID-19.

    Sekuru Banda said citizens should not panic or try to take dangerous home-made remedies.

    The prominent traditional healer and herbalist implored citizens to religiously follow   stipulated World Health Organisation’s guidelines on how to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Yes, the permanent secretary has announced that we now have five confirmed cases of people who tested positive to the virus but Zimbabweans should remain calm and not panic. Panic will lead to more deaths as people will not follow WHO guidelines as well as measures taken by Government in the fight against the virus,” he said.

    Sekuru Banda said although  urged Zimbabweans must appreciate the indigenous knowledge systems they need  to implement measures taken by the Government to reduce and contain the spread of COVID-19.

    At present Government is working within World Health Organisation guidelines in handling and treating guests from other countries as they come to Zimbabwe.

    While all our major ports into the country will remain operation, screening, testing and other WHO recommended measures will be enforced vigorously.

    President Mnangagwa said Government had put all hospitals and health facilities on high alert for COVID-19.

    Government also postponed, curtail or cancel public events, gatherings and activities.

    Meanwhile, Sekuru Banda has reached out to his international partners who have pledged to ship in gloves, masks and sanitisers to be distributed to identified areas.

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