(Last Updated on January 28, 2021 by GERALD NCUBE)
HARARE – Opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa called upon citizens to mount a united front in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic which has caused unprecedented disruption to every part of the world including Zimbabwe.
While addressing the nation on the Covid-19 situation, Chamisa said these were unusual circumstances which required an extraordinary response. He also paid respect to all those who have lost their loved ones to Covid-19.
“We have an extraordinary situation in our country. We are facing an extremely challenging national outlook the COVID-19 is wreaking havoc in every family hamlet, village and every community remember every Covid is a human being. My condolences to those who have lost their loved ones and those who are mourning. We also continue to pray for those who are not feeling well…
“It can’t be business as usual, a catastrophe of this magnitude is now staring at our face. If we don’t do something, if we don’t act, if we don’t act in an extraordinary manner, the situation is going to get worse and even out of control. We can correct this situation only if we get our act together as a people and begin to think together, work together, walk together and make sure that in togetherness we define a collective future,” said Chamisa.
Chamisa acknowledged the various efforts initiated by the Government, Ministry of Health and various stakeholders in response to the pandemic.
He paid special tribute to all the frontline workers who continue to play a critical role in the country’s efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
“In this regard, we salute our warriors, our nurses, doctors and healthcare workers who have been stunning and outstanding as a battalion of patriots as national zealots for their courage and ingenuity for our country and we remain in debt to them and to their families.
“We wish also to thank our environmental health professionals who are doing contact tracing our port health officers, lab scientists who are running the tests, general hands who are cleaning the wards and housing the Covid patients among many other healthcare workers.
“We also honour our police, military, soldiers, prisons and intelligence services including all those offering essential services in various sectors. We salute our information and communication practitioners the media, our journalists for the great work in spreading information on Covid-19 and keeping the nation informed on the deadly Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.
Chamisa urged the citizens to adhere to the set regulations and appealed to the Government to adopt an inclusive approach that utilises the various expertise available in the country.