Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

By Tinkerbel Mwila & Michael Kaluba

The Medical for Quality Healthcare in Zambia has attributed the rise in covid-19 cases in the country to poor monitoring mechanisms coupled with relaxation by those with the mandate to ensure enforcement of existing measures against the pandemic.

The organization has also disclosed that its assessment has shown that despite massive sensitization, Zambia is still struggling to ensure citizens willingly get vaccinated against covid-19 stating that only 10 percent of the population has taken seriously the provided guidelines such as masking up.

Organization Director General Quince Mwabu has warned that Zambia may have a worst ever situation regarding the rate of infection of the new variant of the Covid-19 owing to existing ways of handling and public response to the pandemic.

In an interview with Phoenix News, Dr. Mwabu has cited the lack of adherence to provided measures among churches, bar owners and marketers among others.

In a related development, the Democratic Governance and Human Rights Advocates-DEGHA- in Kitwe has recommended that essential personnel such as health workers be subjected to mandatory covid-19 testing to replicate the recent directive issued to police by inspector general of police, Lemmy Kajoba.

Mr. Kajoba last week directed that there will be compulsory covid-19 testing for officers at police headquarters starting yesterday, Monday, December 27th.

DEGHA national coordinator Gerald Mutelo who has hailed the police chief for this decision says there is need for those who are in contact with a lot of people daily to constantly know their covid-19 status if Zambia is to arrest the rising number of new cases.

Mr. Mutelo argues that while officers have individual rights, covid-19 has changed dynamics and requires that people act in the best interests of not only themselves but for the safety of the next person too.

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