While new cases of the deadly CoronaVirus (COVID-19) continue to emerge globally and locally, Gweru Residents and Ratepayers Association (GRRA) and Gweru City Council (GCC) have stepped up efforts to educate and inform residents on how to prevent the disease.
At a recently held awareness campaign workshop at Gweru Theatre, GCC Director of Health Services, Samson Sekenhamo said the local authority is prepared against the deadly virus since they have testing kits and government support.
“We are prepared against coronavirus. We have testing kits and we are making efforts to source more. Government’s response efforts have been positive because they have trained, Disease Surveillance and Response teams since December last year as well as community leaders as a precautionary measures.
“Already we have also begun testing residents as a measure to prepare against the virus,” he said.
Director Sekenhamo said if any resident has symptoms of the virus he or she should seek medical attention early.
“Stay home if you feel unwell or in other words practice self isolation. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of any healthy practitioner,” he said.
Gweru District Medical Officer, Shakespeare Mureyani urged residents to regularly and thoroughly clean their hands as well as maintain social distancing.
“Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that, may be on your hands.
“Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease,” he said.
Dr Mureyani also advised residents to avoid touching many surfaces and since they can pick up the viruses.
“Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick. Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately,” he stated.