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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

COVID-19 is here to stay, just learn to live with it – Canisius Banda

Health COVID-19 is here to stay, just learn to live with it ...

Dr Canisius Banda says people should begin adjusting to live with the novel Coronavirus just like they have adjusted to other diseases because, in his view, COVID-19 is here to stay.
And Banda says much of Zambia is shielded from COVID-19 to some extent seeing that 50 per cent of the country’s population is either 14 years and below and that people of this age are less likely to contract the virus.

In an interview, Banda said it was foolish to think that a day would come when there would be no COVID-19.

“There must always be a healthy balance between the demands of public health and those of economies. Let us always be wary of science becoming an instrument of tyranny. The future includes proper policing of all scientists in the world who are every day manipulating already existing germs and threatening global health security in the process,” he said.

“People will catch a cold, people will go to the clinic and they will heal. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. We can’t just be at home afraid that there is death out there when actually, the statistics don’t show that there is death out there in this country. This is much ado about nothing, so people should go back to work,” Dr Banda said.

“This COVID-19, just like malaria, cholera and other diseases will be with us for as long as we are alive. The [virus] will continue to be with us for as long as we are alive, people will continue to catch the disease and overtime, you and me will develop immunity to it and it will become less severe with time. COVID-19 is particularly dangerous at the moment because it’s a new [virus]. So the COVID-19 [virus] will be with us just like the cholera germ and the malaria germ. Has HIV gone away? What about flu?

“So you see, we catch colds every year and it heals. That’s the way it will be with this COVID also, it will be with us for as long as we live. It’s foolishness to think that there will come a day when there will be no COVID-19, coronaviruses are found in dogs, cats, in bats and many animals and we live with them. So how we respond to the presence of this new [virus] is particularly important.” he said

“Let’s not threaten them with arrests like I heard [chief government spokesperson] Dora [Siliya] say the other day that they will arrest anyone with a claim of having a cure. Don’t do that! Actually, call them and ask what they have and subject that to scientific inquiries,” said Dr Banda.

He argued that Zambians were somehow shielded from contracting COVID-19 since much of the country’s population was around the age of 14 years and below.

“The fear created about COVID-19 in citizens is a greater enemy than the pandemic itself.
But this is why I am saying the President should be commended for easing the lockdown and for ensuring that the economy is gradually being reopened. People should go back to work, kids are just at home sitting and not everybody has a TV set, so this e-learning can’t work for every family. Statistics will show you that kids [rarely] get it (the coronavirus) and even if they get it, they hardly die,” Dr Banda said.

“50 per cent of Zambia’s population is either 14 years old or below, meaning therefore that by age alone, much of Zambia is shielded from COVID-19. So all kids should be in school because nothing will happen to them.

“The biggest problem we have now is not COVID-19, the biggest problem we have is fear, the fear which has been created by scientists on the continent or globally.So we must fight the fear, the fear is what is keeping us at home, the fear is causing our immune systems to weaken, the fear is creating disease. So that is what we should be fighting.” he said

Meanwhile, Dr Banda asked the government to work with local herbalists and scientists to find a remedy for Coronavirus and not just wait for the vaccine to come from the Western countries.

“I would also like to emphasise that COVID-19 is a new disease and we should come up with policy mechanisms to fight any more new infections. Let us investigate the herbalists that we have in the country, let’s equip them. There are remedies in our midst that can counter this particular problem.

“Let’s not threaten them with arrests like I heard [chief government spokesperson] Dora [Siliya] say the other day that they will arrest anyone with a claim of having a cure. Don’t do that! Actually, call them and ask what they have and subject that to scientific inquiries,” said Dr Banda.

“We need to understand that wherever people are, God has put whatever they need in them, so [for example] SADC should have an interest in what a member state has done, Madagascar there. They must investigate the remedy they’ve found and quickly make it available if it works on their citizens. We must not be waiting all the time for a solution to come from France, London or New York. We must create our own solutions as Africans.”


  1. This is where you belong Doc and it is good to hear from you educating on this new disease. Why were you wasting your time on tribal and regional party?

  2. This Doctor has not read that in Madagascar the herb has not worked and people got ill? There is no scientific basis in whatever he has said. Actually this Doctor is very dangerous. If the virus is a normal flora in a doctor and does not cause any illness in doctor or people, let it be. When that virus start attacking people and they die as it is then there is need to get worried. The late president of Burundi was thinking just like Dr Banda and he is gone. Wait Dr the virus will reach you and you may change your thinking. I have always said the president ECL was wrong to close learning institutions when we did not have a virus in the country. We did not need to close schools when there was no virus in the country.

  3. He has spoken my mind. The biggest enemy is fear of the virus. That teenage girl who reportedly committed suicide because she was tested positive would have recovered a long time ago to become a valuable member of society.

  4. Pilgrim you are still alive? Unfortunately you are not abreast with what is happening in the world. The Madagascar remedy was found to be a non starter. If you believe the herbalists have a cure then you can go ahead and try. The rest of us are waiting for a proper vaccine.

  5. Our alma mater intended to offer Zambia doctors, not doctoroids !! Like what Professor Bhagwandeen used to say, “ I will not release a medical menace on the Zambian public”. He never did. But as soon as his back was turned,a haemorrhage of doctoroids ensued!!

    Think man!! Polio is no longer part of our lives!!!!

  6. I agree with him that this virus is just one of many health issues Zambians routinely face. Which is why I still think establishing better healthcare generally is a top priority for Zambia.


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