Rural Folk Turn To Social Media for COVID-19 Information

“Another Suspect Of Coronavirus In Makoni District”

By Shingirai Vambe

Rusape- As the nation enters day six of national lockdown, there was worry that most rural folks might not have information with regards to what is happening in the country and the world.

Globally, most countries have locked down in a bid to curb the spread of the virus and Zimbabwe is among them.

However, due to various reasons that range from political social and economic, there are still marginalised places in Zimbabwe where information does not often reach due to network coverage or broadcasting frequency challenges.

The Post on Sunday attended a funeral in Headlands where it however found people adhering and observing measures announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa with regards to gatherings, keeping social distancing and personal hygiene among others.

In an interview some of the people at the funeral told the Post on Sunday that they are aware of the new measures courtesy of Studio 7 and social media platforms such as Facebook, whatsapp and Twitter hence less that 50 people gathered to bury Vimbai Mutseyi (12) who died at Rusape General Hospital on the 1st of April.

Vimbai, may her soul rest in peace, was suffering from epilepsy and was admitted at Rusape General Hospital where she was receiving her treatment.

At the funeral, there were also buckets of water and soap for mourners to wash their hands in line with personal hygiene requirements.

While the people in rural area of Headlands are observing the measures to curb the spread of COVID19, people in Rusape went all out in numbers to buy mealie-meal at N. Richards and SAV wholesale and did not consider the issue of social distancing.

Residents scrambled to get access to 10kg bags of Red Seal totally ignoring the possibility of contracting or spreading COVID19.

The police and military personnel came in to bring order and assist the two wholesales but people kept on pushing to crowd in to the shop to get access to the scarce commodity.

Similar situations as the one in Rusape have been reported across the country as people try to find food to eat during the 21-day lockdown which is scheduled to end on the 19th of April.

as a measure the Joint Operation Command (Makoni District), met with the business community of Rusape to sell mealie meal door to door, so as to avoid crowds and maintaining social distance for the people of Rusape.

The process has already started and resident welcomed the idea, as well as curb those who buy to resale at exorbitant price to desperate residence.

During the lock down people are expected to stay at home while only those working in what has been designated as essential services are the only ones allowed to go to work. Government has put a huge fine for anyone found to be violating the lockdown regulations.

meanwhile, Rusape Recorded another suspected case of Covid-19. A 34 year old female adult staying in Riverside, Nyazura, is said to have traveled from Zambia on the 24th of March 2020.

District Medical Officer for Makoni, Tendai Lincoln Nyafesa, confirmed to Post On Sunday on Friday the 3rd of March.

“We followed up a 34 year old from Zambia with signs and symptoms of Covid. We managed to take samples for tests and encouraged self quarantine and we offered infection prevention measures” Nyafesa said


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