Announcing the Phase III COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, Zanzibar minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elders and Children, Nassor Ahmed Mazrui said the government has decided to embark on various steps following reports of the pandemic’s surge in a neighboring country.
Mazrui named the countries faced by the pandemic surge as including Uganda, Congo DRC and South Africa, saying their proximity to Tanzania has prompted the isles to take precautionary measures.
“We appeal to all the people to avoid unnecessary gatherings, to wear face masks, to wash hands and avoid shaking hands when greeting each other,” he added.
However, he said in regard to Phase III of the pandemic, Zanzibar was still safe because there isn’t even a single at the testing centres for incoming and outgoing people, including tourists from various foreign countries, Africa and beyond have been tested positive.
Regarding Zanzibar’s stand on Covid-19 vaccines, Mazrui said the issue was a national one hence the Union government has formed a committee of experts to follow up the entire vaccines issue before decision is made.
“In case it will be decided for vaccination to start I will be the first one to be vaccinated, if it is harmful I will be the first one to be affected, but the entire issue will be transparent and the people will be informed accordingly,” he added.
Elaborating, he said as the committee of experts was doing its work, the Zanzibar government was ready to receiver any type of vaccines, but only after the Union government provides its stand after the Committee submits its report.
The campaign on precautions against Covid-19 pandemic appeared to have gone down significantly compared in the past surges of the disease, the issue that now needs serious awareness among the people by health experts and the media.