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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Government buys masks for Zambian students in Wuhan

Health Feature Health Government buys masks for Zambian students in Wuhan

Government has bought five thousand masks for Zambian students studying in China’s Wuhan Province to protect them from contracting the coronavirus.

Zambia’s Ambassador to China Winnie Chibesakunda says government is also making efforts to buy more masks through its missions in Japan and South Korea.

She says government is looking at giving ten masks to each student in China in the interim.

Ms. Chibesakunda told ZNBC news that the embassy in China has created platforms for sharing of information with students and other Zambians living in China.

She said arrangements are being made to distribute food stuffs to students that are based in that country.

And Ms. Chibesakunda said there is no Zambian in China who has been infected by the coronavirus.

She has thanked the Zambian government for timely intervention and support given to her embassy.

The Envoy further said she has received maximum cooperation from students and other partners in China.

She has since urged parents with students in China to remain calm as government is making progress to help everyone who is in need.

Can wearing a face mask protect you from the new coronavirus?

If it’s a regular surgical face mask, the answer is “no,” Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, told Live Science.

Influenza will infect, hospitalize and even kill thousands upon thousands of Americans this year, but most people aren’t thinking of taking the same precautions for that illness.

A better way to avoid getting the coronavirus is to, first and foremost, postpone any travel to China, where the virus originated and has infected more than 11,000 people.

You can also thoroughly wash your hands; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; avoid close contact with people who are sick; and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces,

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33 COMMENTS

  1. But what measures have Zambia put in place for returning Chinese Nationals who could potentially be carrying the Virus? Or this has to wait until after the by-election in Chilubi?

    Prevention is cheaper than cure.

    God bless Zambia.

    • What is coronavirus?
      A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

      Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

      Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

  2. While you are still struggling with the provision of simple masks, our Chinese friends have just constructed a hospital in 10 days.

  3. Kikikikikikikikik but the mask are 50 cents. Nonsense. and what at the most 500 students or say 1000. yeah $500 dollars in the news stupidity at its highest. Wait for cadres comments.

    How did this country get to illiterates and kaponyas running the country?? god help us

  4. Truth: 1. China is a major manufacturer of surgical masks ,followed by Philippine.
    2.Buying of masks from Japan and South Korea,specifically for Zambian students is not practical,but merely PR or damage control.
    3.Distribution of food products to students in locked up cities is day dreaming.
    4.Embassy officials are out of touch with reality on ground.
    5. Treat everyone coming from China infected, untill proven not.

  5. What a useless Goverment we have we Zambians!!
    Meanwhile thousands of foreign nationals have been evacuated from the coronavirus-hit Wuhan by their governments.

  6. Chinese government is proving us with masks, yet our very own government is busy lying to the world over something they’re it doing. They should just say they helped 5 students not that. Moreover they’re are 4000 students in China and we all stay connected in wechat app groups.And no student has confirmed receiving any mask and they’re all laughing over this news of the failure of our government system.

  7. o February 3, 2020 At 5:35 pm
    Chinese government is providing us with masks, yet our very own government is busy lying to the world over something they’re not doing. They should just say they helped 5 students not that. Moreover they’re are 4000 students in China and we all stay connected in wechat app groups.And no student has confirmed receiving any mask and they’re all laughing over this news of the failure of our government system.
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  8. There is a lot of hysteria in the comments and per usual, opposition cadres relate all these to govt ability. The fact is that our country is a poor country with limited resources. The students are probably in a better place for medical help than in Zambian hospitals. Clearly, the govt is doing the little they can Knowing the students are safe. Although, China is the world’s leading medical supplies manufacturer and appropriate anti-contamination masks are probably being given them free.

    It’s necessary for Zambians to stop causing worry by undermining the govt and spreading malicious anti govt propaganda, govt is hardly at fault here. It would have been preferred had the kids been released to fly back home to be with their families if they are found to be free of the virus after…

  9. It would have been preferred had the kids been released to fly back home to be with their families if they are found to be free of the virus after tests. Just a a thought, this is the time one can say being OCD, of the germ fear is helpful because constantly washing hands, surfaces in the home and avoiding close personal contact with others is advisable.

  10. Thanks to that Parent who posted a complaining video, atleast PF government have released 1 million dollars to buy masks worthy $100.

  11. The ignorance exhibited by bitter UPND sycophants is astonishing! These are not just ordinary masks that you buy from your local shop or pharmacy for X’s sake!!! To be specific you need the N95 type is recommended, which has run out in almost all pharmacies here in the UK. Even if you try and buy it online on Amazon the lead time is at least 10 days. Why do you always want to spread hate and anti-government propaganda?

  12. @Patriot Abroad – Championing Mental Health, Democratic Rights, Inclusion & Participation
    ”The fact is that our country is a poor country with limited resources.’
    YOU ARE WRONG!

    THE PROBLEM WE HAVE IS THE THIEVES WHO LEAD THIS COUNTRY, Ba POMPWE bamu govt.
    They steal our tax money meant to serve everyone and bury it in trunks at their back yards or hide it in foreign banks
    Some of them have brought white prostitutes whom they married using our tax money, some of them have teenage girlfriends in other African countries whom they build properties with our money, they fly about around the world sipping expensive champagne in private jets wasting our resources. The list is long!!!

  13. @Patriot Abroad – Championing Mental Health, Democratic Rights, Inclusion & Participation
    ”The fact is that our country is a poor country with limited resources.’
    YOU ARE WRONG!

    THE PROBLEM WE HAVE IS Ba POMPWE bamu govt.
    They steal our tax money meant to serve everyone and bury it in trunks at their back yards or hide it in foreign banks
    Some of them have brought amahule abasungu whom they married using our tax money, some of them have teenage girlfriends in other African countries whom they build properties with our money, they fly about around the world sipping expensive champagne in private jets wasting our resources. The list is long!!!

  14. @Patriot Abroad –
    YOU ARE WRONG!

    THE PROBLEM WE HAVE IS THE THIEVES WHO LEAD THIS COUNTRY, Ba POMPWE bamu govt.
    They steal our tax money meant to serve everyone and bury it in trunks at their back yards or hide it in foreign banks
    Some of them have brought white hules whom they married using our tax money, some of them have teenage girlfriends in other African countries whom they build properties with our money, they fly about around the world sipping expensive champagne in private jets wasting our resources. The list is long!!!

  15. @Patriot Abroad –
    ”The fact is that our country is a poor country with limited resources.’
    YOU ARE WRONG!

    THE PROBLEM WE HAVE IS THE THIEVES WHO LEAD THIS COUNTRY, Ba POMPWE bamu govt.

  16. Ba POMPWE bamu govt. steal our tax money meant to serve everyone and bury it in trunks at their back yards or hide it in foreign banks or use it to pay witchdoctors for their ”do as I say charms”

  17. Some of them have brought white prostitutes who wouldn’t normaly look at them twice if it were not for our tax money .

  18. some of them have teenage girlfriends in other African countries whom they build properties with our money, they fly about around the world sipping expensive champagne in private jets wasting our resources. The list is long!!!

  19. This is good precautionary measure. Let those with sense appreciate this measure. I have been keeping in touch with our friends in China. Actually I have a niece who is there and spirits remain positive. Pf government is engaging with all those registered with the embassy.kz

  20. Masks, when other countries are evacuating their people to health places. They are sending medical staff, and chattered planes.

  21. @emeralds and mukula, never seen or heard of prosecutable evidence being provided to prove those things! We are just plain poor!

  22. Evacuating is a wrong move. You are talking about a disease with no cure. You are risking bringing the virus home. Zambia has a very poor hygiene habits . The virus can spread very fast ..mask are not even effective .. better stay In china

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