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Lungu praised for instituting mandatory masks wearing in public places

Filed under: Breaking News,Health & Nutrition |

The Medical for Quality Healthcare in Zambia (MQHZ) has praised President Edgar Lungu for coming up with the directive that all Zambians must start wearing face masks when in public, as a way to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The organisation says the directive is timely and would help the country curb the spread of the deadly virus.

The MQHZ Director General Dr Quince Mwabu thanked the President for the move, says this is a good preventive measure against Covid 19 ,adding that President Lungu must be commended all Zambians for this pronouncement.

Mwabu also urged the Ministry of Health to buy masks using donated funds from various entities, so as to benefit members of the public who cannot immediately afford to purchase the masks.

He emphasised that these masks should then freely be distributed to poor Zambians.

He also highlighted the importance of information dissemination, and has appealed to the Ministry of Health and other Ministries to facilitate the use of all government vehicles in sensitizing Zambians in all districts ,especially rural areas.

“We need sensitizations using the 7 major local languages, to make the majority of our people understand measures against Covid 19 pandemic. Our view is that the majority of our people in rural areas have very little information about the disease”, he said.

Meanwhile, Singapore made it mandatory, for everyone in the country to wear a mask when they step out as part of stricter measures to curb the further spread of the coronavirus. National Development Minister Lawrence Wong revealed the requirement at a media conference recently.

He said second time offenders would face a more stringent punishment. “Those who do not risk a S$300 (RM915) fine for first-time offenders would face a heavier fine if caught on the wrong side,” he said.

There were exemptions for those engaging in strenuous exercise and children below the age of two, as medical experts recommended against them wearing masks.

People may remove their masks when engaging in exercise such as running or jogging, but they must put them on afterwards, he said.

He, however, warned that the mandatory masks wearing is not a way to encourage unnecessary movements. “The new requirement of mandatory wearing of masks does not mean going out was encouraged,” he added.


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