A statement released yesterday by the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday said the premier made the appeal in his message at the national Eid Baraza where he was the chief guest, at the Kwa Mtoro mosque in Ilala District in the commercial capital.
The premier said that as the country awaits the mass rollout of vaccines, the spread of the disease can only be controlled if people adhere to containment measures recommended by health experts.
“We should continue washing our hands regularly with soap and running water or use hand sanitizers,” he said, also underlining the need to wear face masks approved by the relevant authorities.
It is the duty of all Tanzanians at this time to observe social distancing as a means of denying the virus ease of spreading, he stated, noting further that people need to build the culture of exercising as a way of keeping themselves fit.
This helps to keep at bay infections that thrive in bodies lacking physical activities, the statement affirmed, elaborating with the premier’s observation that the elderly, those with extra weight, people with pre-existing conditions such as heart, asthma, diabetes and kidney should be extra careful.
Speaking at the event, Mufti Sheikh Abubakar Zubeir bin Ally appealed to Tanzanians to lead just and ethical lives for the country to continue on a peaceful and progressive trajectory.
The Muslim Council of Tanzania (BAKWATA) secretary general Sheikh Nuhu Jabir Mruma asked Muslims and the public at large to observe peace as they celebrate Eid al-Adha.
The festival involves slaughtering an animal and sharing the meat in three equal parts – for family, for relatives and friends, and for the poor.
“We insist on peace because it is the foundation for a good and happy life for us humans,” he said.
Speaking of Covid-19, the cleric applauded the government for measures being taken to control the pandemic, saying the steps are likely to control the spread of the disease.
“We thank Tanzanians who positively receive and embrace the directives given by leaders in efforts to control the spread of the disease,” he added.