As the month of April ended, many people are eager to access their grants and the writer witnessed many people queuing out side the gate of Palm Springs Mall for Sassa grants payment waiting to go to different shops anmd ATMs. However what was worrying is the fact that for what ever reasons there was no law enforcement to maintain the rules and regulations containing the spread of COVID-19 including that of maintaing social distancing. People pushed the gate and started running into the mall and the stampede posed challenges for the security at the mall because every one went in running. This undermined efforts to curtail the spread of the virus as many of these people were not wearing masks.
hand wash soap and running water at the entrance of the shopping complex in Diepkloof square, I went to Diepkloof and on arrival at Diepkloof Square i realised that at the entrance of the complex people wash their hands with liquid hand soap and before proceeding to any shop that one would like to enter, hand sanitizing is also done. I also realised that social distancing is bieng maintained in all shops and honestly i was happy to see that the management of the complex are making sure that everyone maintains social distancing and sanitize their hands. The security company at Diepkloof square entrance are also maintaining the no mask no entry rule and some are making a living by selling masks at the entrance.
Since the announcement of level 4 lockdown last week, wearing of masks have been made mandatory when one is entering in shop, public transport and I have realised that service providers do not allow people to enter when they do not have masks. However, municipalities should avoid long ques in order to mitigate the spread of the pandemic by sending rate statements so that people start paying online to avoid congestion at municipalities.
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".
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.
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 (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
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.
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.
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.