COVID-19 third wave grips cities

08Jul 2021
Henry Mwangonde
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
COVID-19 third wave grips cities

THE third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is prevalent in major Tanzanian cities, President Samia Suluhu Hassan declared yesterday.

Addressing residents of Kibaigwa in Dodoma on her way to Morogoro, the president said health facilities in major cities were receiving more patients, reiterating the call for people to take precautions recommended by experts.

She said that there are patients in health facilities in Arusha, Mwanza, Dar es Salaam and Dodoma, among other large urban centres.

“The third wave is here and we have no need to hide it. We need to be very careful because the new variant is more lethal than the previous ones and it kills within a short time,” she said. “We have to sensitize our people to take precautions recommended by experts,” she urged.

The Head of State said the government will always work on addressing challenges such as those facing residents of Kibaigwa and Kongwa constituency at large, including land conflicts.

On others issues, the president said the government in collaboration with the MP for the area who is also Speaker of the National Assembly will solve power cuts at Kibaigwa by setting up a booster station in the area.

“We will continue setting aside funds to address challenges in this area and other regions to ensure that people are served diligently,” pointing at resolving land conflicts foremost.

While at Msamvu in Morogoro Region, the president asked residents to be vigilant on security of their areas, underlining that businesses and other activities can only be conducted when there is peace.

Since the time she took office, the president has insisted on people taking precautions by wearing masks, sanitizing and observing social distance to control the spread of the pandemic.

Addressing members of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) who hosted her in Dar es Salaam recently, the president said that health experts have briefed her that the disease is widespread and must be fought.

Without citing figures, she said there were indications that the third wave of the pandemic has attacked parts of the community, urging clerics to join government efforts in halting the pandemic by reminding their followers to take precautions. Clerics must mobilize prayers in churches and mosques for Almighty God to rescue the nation from the pandemic, she further appealed.

Meanwhile, President Samia yesterday held talks with Chief Executive Officer of Barrick Gold Corporation, Mark Bristow at the Chamwino State House where the CEO made assurances of more investments in the country.

The Directorate of Presidential Communications said in a statement that the talks also dwelt on progress made by Twiga Minerals Corporation, jointly owned by Barrick and the government.

Barrick Gold will continue working with the government towards investment in the minerals sector and was ready to invest in other areas as well, he stated at the meeting.

Barrick was implementing agreements with the government that ensure both sides benefit from investments in the country’s mineral resources, he said, elaborating that many Tanzanians gain a living with the firm, including higher management levels, where three top officials (managing director, country manager and finance director) were locally recruited..

He affirmed that Barrick has improved environmental management at its North Mara mine like treating waste water from mine operations, asserting that Barrack has similarly increased participation by Tanzanians in providing various services at its mines, with nearly 70 per cent of their requirements being supplied by local firms.

For her part, President Samia assured the investor that the government shall work together with the company in supervising implementation of accords reached ensure that minerals sector investments benefit both sides.

The president thanked Bristow for his readiness to work with the government to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, the statement added.