By Alex Charlie
Creative Centre for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM) has called upon traditional leaders as well as communities in Thyolo to build good relationship with health workers, in the fight against the COVID 19 which is posing a big threat in the country and requires joints effort from all stakeholders.
In his remarks Community Engagement Officer for CRECCOM, Thomas Chimwaza, said with the COVID 19 pandemic, health workers bear risk responsibility in assisting patients including those suspected or confirmed to be COVID-19 positive, hence need strong partnership with grassroots community as part of encouragement.
Chimwaza said this on Friday during the sensitization meeting held at Chimvu Primary School, in the area of Sub-T/A Mangazi in Thyolo district which was aimed at addressing traditional leaders and other stakeholders about control measures of coronavirus so that they can take such messages to other people in their local places.
He further said that despite most of CRECCOM’s project aimed at improving educational quality in Community Day Secondary Schools, they thought it wise to take part in the fight against coronavirus by sensitizing community members through traditional leaders, religious leaders and other stakeholders.
During the sensitization among others, traditional leaders and other stakeholders were encouraged to urge their subjects to adhere to the precautionary measures set by the ministry of health such as washing hands with soap frequently (which was demonstrated), observing social distancing, avoid touching nose, mouth, and eyes, reporting to any suspected person who might have returned from abroad to health team workers or just call helpline number of 54747 for assistance.
Traditional leaders and other stakeholders were also urged to remind parents about education to their children despite the emergency closure of schools due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Comment on the same Sub-Traditional Authority Mangazi applauded CRECCOM for their coming as they had been fed up with false information saying the coming of the organization in the area has made them to have concrete information about coronavirus.
Mangazi further said that the message they obtained, will be spread to others so that together they can win the fight against coronavirus pandemic.
However, CRECCOM’s project of improving educational quality in Community Day Secondary Schools (IEQ-CDSS) is funded by the MasterCard Foundation and Echidna Giving