The government has called on the media to heighten protective measures against the Coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking in a statement issued to the media in Lusaka yesterday, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Dora Siliya indicated that media personnel are part of frontline workers hence must make protecting themselves against COVID-19 a priority.
Ms. Siliya implored the media to ensure that they adhere to the five protective golden rules against the virus whenever they are in the field.
She explained that the second wave of COVID-19 is the most dangerous, thus stressed the need to adhere to the public health guidelines by having access to personal protective equipment.
“Government wishes to advise that no media personnel should conduct an interview without wearing a mask and that media personnel must demand that sources wear masks before interviewing them. Media personnel should also ensure that they wash or sanitize their hands regularly, especially after handling microphones,” Ms. Siliya directed.
The Minister further called on the private sector to continue supporting the media fraternity with personal protective equipment such as gloves, face masks and sanitizers for personal use.
She reiterated the government’s appeal to all Zambians to heed to President Edgar Lungu’s call of taking personal responsibility against the pandemic in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19.
The country has continued to record a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases and which has not spared media personnel given the nature of their work which demands interaction with different members of society, hence pose a higher risk of contracting and transmitting the virus.