Gvt Appoints COVID-19 Experts Advisory Committee

INFORMATION, publicity and broadcasting services minister, minister Monica Mutsvangwa has announced a new COVID-19 Experts Advisory Committee comprising of experts from various fields of expertise.

By Michael Gwarisa

The committee will provide scientific based evidence, advice and guidance on the National COVID-19 preparedness and response.

The public may recall that Cabinet approved the establishment of a COVID-19 Experts Advisory Committee, whose objective will be to provide science-based evidence, advice and guidance on the National COVID-19 Preparedness and Response in support of timely evidence- based policy decisions.

“Today, Cabinet approved the appointed of the following members: Dr. Tonderai Mapako, Mr. Tendai Kureya, Dr. Justen Manasa, Professor Rudo Makunike-Mutasa, Dr. Alex Gasasira, Dr. Lincoln Charimari, Professor Rose Kambarami, Dr. Gladwin Muchena, Dr. Samson Shumbairerwa, Dr. Muteweye, Professor Rashida Ferrand, and Ms. Ester Massundah,” said minister Mutsvangwa.

The Committee is made up of professionals in the relevant fields who are expected to deliver on this important mandate.

“Cabinet also received the results from a TIBA study on Frontline Health Workers (FHW) conducted in Bulawayo which also buttressed our efforts on the need to ensure the enhanced availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all levels of our FHWs,” said minister Mutsvangwa.

Meanwhile, government, through Treasury, has released ZW$205 million for the drilling of ten (10) specialised boreholes and the rehabilitation of ten (10) under the Epping Forest Project. Four of the ten boreholes have so far been drilled. The Epping Forest and the Mtshabezi/Inyankuni Water Project aim to improve raw water supplies to the City of Bulawayo. To date, the total number of boreholes drilled by Government and its partners as part of the COVID-19 response is two hundred and twenty-two (222).

The Risk and Communication Sub-Committee is increasing public awareness to ensure there is co-sharing of information dissemination and enforcement of COVID-19 regulations.  Under this initiative, community health clubs will be set up and community volunteers trained to carry out outreach programmes.

The Volunteers will educate communities on key protective and preventive measures. The campaign will also target potential hotspots, which include churches, funerals and bus termini.

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