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Alba Iulia
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Don’t Drop Guard, COVID-19 is still with us, German and US warns Zambians

Health Don't Drop Guard, COVID-19 is still with us, German and US warns...

Zambians have been urged not to drop guard on following Covid 19 protocols because the global pandemic is still here.

German Cooperation, USAID and the Local Government Association of Zambia are asking Zambians to continue to adhere to Covid 19 set guidelines as a way to prevent further spread and mitigation of the disease.

They all cite negative effects caused by Covid 19 on the economy, human resource, general livelihood and family and friends’ relations as pointers to why citizens should fight the vice.

The three entities in the last 14 months had put together a Covid 19 Advisory Centre meant to help local authorities in Zambia to fight the global pandemic. The Centre has now come to a close.

Local Government Association of Zambia Covid 19 Advisory Centre Coordinator Ernest Sumani
Local Government Association of Zambia Covid 19 Advisory Centre Coordinator Ernest Sumani

Local Government Association of Zambia Covid 19 Advisory Centre Coordinator Ernest Sumani, speaking at the close of the project says a lot has been achieved by the nerve-center.

Mr. Sumani says cites the production of Knowledge materials such as the Rapid Assessment, Impact of Covid – 19 on Local Authorities, Vaccine Acceptability and the development of District Emergency Plans and Standard Operating Procedures.

He also states that the provision of COVID – 19 Hygiene Material to more 20 Local Authorities and reaching more than 7 million Zambians the media countrywide.

GIZ Programme Coordinator in charge of Decentralization for Development, Dr. Wolff-Christian Petters
GIZ Programme Coordinator in charge of Decentralization for Development, Dr. Wolff-Christian Petters

GIZ Programme Coordinator in charge of Decentralization for Development, Dr. Wolff-Christian Petters is happy that many people countrywide have been reached through the Centre.

He says though the project is coming to an end, it does not mean that Covid 19 is near end and urged people to continue taking precautions seriously.

Acting Executive Director of the Local Government Association of Zambia, Ms. Mpatanji Namumba
Acting Executive Director of the Local Government Association of Zambia, Ms. Mpatanji Namumba

And Acting Executive Director of the Local Government Association of Zambia, Ms. Mpatanji Namumba, says the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Centre with Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry will help in organization and smooth running of information between the private sector and local authorities and the communities they serve.

Ms. Namumba is also glad that the Association is working in line with some of the lessons drawn from the Centre in its day to day activities and also those to come.

Meanwhile, Outgoing Local Government Association of Zambia Executive Director, Maurice Mbolela, who is now Deputy Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa has noted that the Advisory Centre has made great impact in the mitigation of Covid 19 spread in the country.

Deputy Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa Maurice Mbolela
Deputy Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa Maurice Mbolela

11 COMMENTS

  1. The statement by Sylvia Masebo as Minister of Health was misleading. I now see people moving around without masks nor sanitize their hands. Soccer fans have been allowed to watch games without observing any covid-19 guidelines. The disease is now circulating in the communities. We should expect the 4th wave to be more lethal and devastating than the 3rd. It now becomes inevitable for Masebo to retract her statement and put the record straight

  2. Definitely if we let our guard down then we go back on the red list which means no tourists, no investors, no going out for business since we won’t be allowed into other countries. Let us continue with vaccines, masks, social distance etc.

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  3. Beggars always wait for masters to tell them hat to do…… do we really need Germany or the west to tell us such? Black people and thinking a white man is God…. Shame!!!!!

  4. The soccer match was nothing….imagine gatherings at churches and nightclubs.
    DISASTER LOOMING ”
    Miscalculation by the UPND and the Health Minister

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  5. Why weren’t Upnd vaccinated before they formed government and why are they now putting up this show of getting the jabs? So we can safely say if they had lost they going to stay unvaccinated? This is not a sign of good leadership.

  6. #6weren’t Upnd vaccinated before they formed government and why are they now putting up this show of getting the jabs? So we can safely say if they had lost they going to stay unvaccinated? This is not a sign of good leadership. To get vaccinated?

  7. I think since they have nothing to offer so far, they needed to lift the Covid regulations just as a way of impressing the nation, a move that will soon backfire. You don’t play with people lives like this.

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