PEOPLE who use public transport to commute either on a day to day basis or occasionally, are at risk of respiratory diseases as, it is an ideal setting for the spread of respiratory ailments, the Passengers Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ) has said.
By Tafadzwa Goliati
Bus termini, buses and kombis are environments where a droplet-spread disease such as coronavirus (Covid-19) can thrive. Furthermore, public service vehicles can be used by those who would have travelled abroad, including to hot spots such as China and Italy. Thus, as Passengers Association of Zimbabwe we remain concerned with the well being of the commuting public in the context of this global epidemic.
Firstly, we are aware that government and its partners are taking precautionary measures. However, we request that the government step up the screening of all travellers at all borders. Furthermore, we request that all bus termini and public toilets be provided with potable water and liquid soap or hand sanitizers for hand washing.
We advise passengers to wash their hands when they get off passenger service vehicles. Also avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue safely; Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; and If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.
Tafadzwa Goliati is the president of the Passengers Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ)