Covid-19: Dar RC bans crowding in public transport

27Jul 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Covid-19: Dar RC bans crowding in public transport

THE Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Amos Makalla has banned people from crowding in public transport, urging all commuters to ensure they wear masks to protect themselves from the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also instructed the district security committees to oversee the implementation of the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children's guidelines on taking precautions against the pandemic.

RC Makalla issued the order yesterday in Dar es Salaam, barely a day after the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children issued guidelines on how to deal with the pandemic.

Makalla instructed the Land Transport Regulatory Authority (LATRA) to oversee its implementation of the directives.

The RC also banned people from unnecessary gathering at service delivery points and when necessary people should wear masks.

He said the government is committed to providing quality medical care to all patients who arrive at the hospital and urged citizens who will see the symptoms of Covid-19 to visit health facilities.

On Sunday, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children Prof Abel Makubi announced new Covid-19 control protocols restricting concerts, festivals and other gatherings until further notice, saying all activities that bring people together including bars, social halls should adhere to the guidelines set by the government.

Prof Makubi urged all the ceremonies to be suspended indefinitely, noting: "This is a temporary measure and the government's aim is to reduce the Covid19 transmission.”

"If it’s a must ceremony should be held in open space or if they are held in the hall they should be for a short time, a number of invited guests should be limited to allow social distancing of one meter or more," said Prof Makubi.

He said if there are activities that cannot wait for the situation to stabilize then they should follow all preventive measures including checking a body temperature by a thermometer for everyone in the area.

According to him, owners or organizers of the meetings should install hand-washing equipment including running water and soap or use hand sanitisers.

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