“COVID-19 has just begun to attack Zimbabwe”: Mnangagwa laments the spike in cases daily
President Mnangagwa yesterday expressed concern over increases almost daily in COVID-19 confirmed cases, a development which makes it crucial for the corporate world to continue assisting Government in all ways possible to fight the pandemic.
The President said this while launching the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services’ Call and Data Centre that was sponsored by Innscor Africa and Liquid Telecom.
The call center, which is located in Newlands, Harare, is a helpline that can be accessed by all Zimbabweans to get information relating to COVID-19 and any other factual Government information.
“It (COVID-19) has just begun to attack Zimbabwe and the spike is beginning to show an upward trend in our country. Yes, we introduced a lockdown some two weeks ago but we are realizing now that the pandemic is now more serious than at the time we introduced the lockdown,” he said.
President Mnangagwa applauded Innscor Africa and Liquid Telecom for heeding Government calls to come forward and support the fight against COVID-19.
Said the President: “You are not only serving Government but your brothers and sisters, mother, your father, your uncle, and niece is being assisted. I wish that many other entities countrywide in the private sector, in the public sector are able to do anything small or big to contribute towards the fight against this pandemic. I am happy that many people across this country are coming forward with resources to assist us and support our frontline soldiers – the doctors and the nurses.”
As a result of the call and data center, President Mnangagwa said all Zimbabweans could now call on the helpline 2023 and seek assistance.
He said on that helpline, people could access information that all countries are receiving as guided by the World Health Organisation.
“As I launch this, it is at an early stage but I believe as we move on, the more we speak about it on television, on radio and in newspapers, I believe that more and more of our people will get to know about this facility and possibly in future there may be need for you to expand the facility here,” said the President.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the helpline would provide a free and easy platform for citizens to get factual answers to questions they might have, not just related to COVID-19, but any other issue that impacts their lives especially under this lockdown.
“They will be timeously informed of the interventions that are being made by the Government. Information is now a free phone call away.
Any Zimbabwean from the four corners of our 10 provinces can access it. It will also provide a quick, fast check platform. This is actually a good platform where citizens can easily check whether the information they have heard is factual or fake.
This center will decongest the clinical Ministry of Health and Child Care health care center helpline by providing an alternative platform for non-clinical inquiries.”
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