Fri, Jun 5, 2020

Conselho Cristão de Moçambique (CCM), Sensibiliza as comunidades sobre o Impacto da Covid-19.

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Por: Francisco Manhique e Orlando Salazar

A juventude do Conselho do Cristão de Moçambique (CCM), participou na manha de hoje do programa Magazine Radiofônico, da Radio Apolitecnica, com objectivo de sensibilizar a comunidade Moçambicana sobre os impactos do Covid-19.
Dentre os aspectos debruçados neste programa, destacam-se as recomendações emitidas pela organização Mundial da Saúde (OMS), sobre as boas práticas nesses tempos tal como, lavar as mãos sempre, cozer muito bem os alimentos, usar frequentemente a máscara sempre que se deslocar para locais públicos e principalmente ficar em casa.

Desta forma, o CCM, deixa a seguinte recomendação,

” Cuide de si e cuide dos outros “
“Fica em casa e ore sempre”.

Christian Council of Mozambique (CCM), Sensitizes communities about the Impact of Covid-19.

By: Francisco Manhique and Orlando Salazar

The youth of the Council of the Christian of Mozambique (CCM) participated in the Magazine Radiofônico Program, from Radio Apolitecnica, with the objective of sensitizing the Mozambican community about the impacts of Covid-19.
Among the aspects covered in this program, issues around the recommendations raised by the World Health Organization (WHO) on good practices in times like this including washing hands regularly, cooking food very well and wearing a mask whenever one goes to public places and mantaining social distancing.

Thus, the CCM, left the following recommendation,

"Take care of yourself and take care of others"
"Stay at home and pray always".
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Lack of hygiene at informal settlement cause for concern

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by Rapule Moiloa in Tembisa

An informal settlement is a place where many people build shacks because many are unemployed and do not even qualify for an Rdp house. One thing that i have observed is how people use one toilet in large numbers because toilets at the informal settlements are not owned by individuals or families and are used by more than ten people regardless of where the toilet is placed. What worries me the most is that these toilets are not disinfected and people at informal settlements are at high risk of contracting coronavirus due to lack of hygiene in the area.

Police confiscate Alcohol

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Cape Town - 1811015 - The City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Department disposed of nearly 12 000 litres of alcohol at the old abitoir in Ndabini. This is ahead of the festive season. The liquor was confiscated from beach goers and other people contravening alcohol consumption by-laws - Photographer:Tracey Adams/African News Agency(ANA)

by Rapule Moiloa

On the 25th of April law enforcement agents confiscated beers from one of the biggest taverns in Tembisa. The police suspects that the owner of the tavern has been selling alcohol secretly and illegally to people whilst defying lockdown rules and regulations. This lack of compliance forced the police by clearing all fridges that were filled with alcohol and two of the police vans that were used on that day were filled with alcohol.

Community Health Care workers during COVID-19

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By Dorothy Mabelebele

Community Health Care Workers (CHWs) plays an important part in the delivering of health care services to communities. CHWs have been crucial in health care system through various programmes including testing and preventing HIV and TB, treatment adherence as well a health promotion.

Sisanda Kulima, a CHW from an informal settlement called Lawley Clinic in Johannesburg, Gauteng has been a CHW for more than 10 years in which she participated in fighting for CHWs rights that were violated by the Department of Health. The Department of Health has been running around with the issues of making the CHWs permanent. Meanwhile CHWs are earning a stipend of R3,500 which Kulima said it is not enough for them because they risks their lives, visiting ill people in the communities daily without enough protection from any diseases.

The Department of Health announced that CHWs will be assisting in tracking and tracing COVID-19 cases but they didn’t give assurance of safety to these workers. It is unclear how the department is going to protect the CHWs in a situation with the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). “We have started with the screening for COVID-19 on 15 April 2020 at Fine Town in Johannesburg”, said Kulima.

There is a Petition making rounds on the social media about the Community Health Workers who are on the frontline who must be permanently employed and the petition was created by Change.org
Follow the link to sign the petition: http://chng.it/Dpz9wy9B

Comiche inaugura túneis de desinfecção no Grossista de Zimpeto e no Terminal Rodoviário de Xiquelene, Mozambique

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by Francisco Manhique

O Presidente do Conselho Municipal de Maputo, Eneas Comiche inaugurou ontem e hoje túneis de desinfecção massiva, no Mercado Grossista do Zimpeto e no Terminal Rodoviário da Praça dos Combatentes, vulgo Xiquelene, empreendimentos erguidos no âmbito da prevenção da propagação do COVID-19. Os utentes nomeadamente vendedores, clientes de mercado e passageiros dos transportes públicos e privados, que testemunharam os actos, mostraram-se bastante emotivos, e agradeceram a edilidade pela iniciativa, e prometeram cuidar dos túneis, na medida que foram instalados para benefício de todos munícipes.

Parents not doing enough to educate children about coronavirus

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by Rapule Moiloa in Tembisa Vusimuzi Ekurhuleni. For many people abiding by the regulations of the lock down appears to be an individual choice although it is meant to keep everyone safe regardless of race and financial status. It is sad to see kids playing outside at the grave side while parentswatch and say nothing as if the lockdown is never important and one thing that is disturbing is the freedom that kids seem exercise by flying kites and the virus does not choose  but affect everyone.

Some of the reasons they end up playing outside is because there is no enough space in their houses and yards and parents do not help these kids understand what is really happening with regards to the virus. Parents seem not talking about the danger of this pandemic to their children and I think that’s why the children are ignorant.

Sefikile village worried about the reopening of mines

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by Amo Tshabalala in Sefikile Village

Statistics around COVID-19 are not good and the changes announced pertaining the mining sector expose us as mining host communities we feel much exposed to the pandemic. The major question is, what are the plans in place for the mine to keep us and their employees safe? What is most worrying is the fact that the numbers are rising even though when people are maintaining social distancing. Even though COVID-19 regulations stipulate that there should not be a gathering of not than 50 people but there will be more than 50 people. What safety measures are in place? Mr President must do the right thing and stop all the mines who made the call outs to their employees to return to work as it will be affecting the mining host communities. One wonders the very essence of staying at home if mining companies are to conduct business as usual as this puts the workers’ families and the entire community at risk.

Call for dissemination of COVID-19 messages in local languages heighten

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By Mmabore Mogashoa in Sekhukhune

Since the start of the lockdown in March 2020 we have been receiving COVID-19 messages on our cell phones from government and different companies. The problem is the messages are written only in English which can be difficult for other South Africans to read. Some of our elderly only understand or read indigenous languages and it could be better if messages can be send in indigenous languages too so that messages can be clear to all.

Need for awareness raising in Sefikile Village

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by Amo Tshabalala in Sefikile Village, North West Province under Moses Kotane Local Municipal

I asked my family about COVID-19 and none of them understand what it is all about. I had to explain it them in a way that I do understand it and explain it easy for everyone to understand My mom said that President Ramaphosa must take this Corona thing back to where it came from. When i explained to them, they were frightened and realised that some people are ignorant about the crisis we are faced with. Some of the questions asked include:
1) Since this is a virus, will it be cured?
2)Is it going to be treated like HIV and AIDS since they are also viruses?
3)If soap and hygienic issues can help one from not contracting the virus, why is ts so hard for us as South Africans to get cure?

All these questions make sense and someone can follow on them and do more research about hygienic stuff. And I also shared how this will affect people’s jobs in SOUTH AFRICA. My family is concerned about the unemployment rate and that if it happens that way,people will again lose jobs then it becomes a longtime problem.

Proper education to our people is more important and South Africa as a whole. Let there be women and children at the center of everything that we do and say, they also need to be catered and cared for and be protected as well. However, everyone in the village is abiding by the rules and regulations of the lockdown.

Business as usual in Tembisa

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Rapule Moiloa…Old and young people in Tembisa Ekurhuleni still don’t adhere to lock down rules and regulations, kids play in waste dumping areas, burning papers and this shows that parents are not monitoring their kids during the lock down. My worry is that these kids play in dirty areas and their health is at risk and chances are slim that they wash their hands with soap.