Jonathan Moyo slams Mnangagwa’s lockdown: It’s wrong to decree lockdown when doctors are on strike

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Prof Jonathan Moyo

A lockdown for its own sake by decree is not how any country has fought the #coronavirus. A lockdown must be a set of SPECIFIC MEASURES to flatten the #COVID19 curve to stem the spread of the virus and protect the people and the economy. Mnangagwa’s decree lacks such measures!

Livelihood issues aside, most Zimbabweans live in the townships, rural areas, compounds and on the farms in spaces that are so crowded that social distancing and isolation to stem the spread of the #coronavirus is not possible without specific and organised govt interventions!

Mnangagwa decreed the lockdown when nurses and doctors are on strike and yet he said nothing about what govt has done or will do to resolve that. It’s just wrong to decree a lockdown to fight the #coronavirus when nurses and doctors, the key responders in the fight, are on strike!

Mnangagwa’s decree did not have the necessary facts and figures on the medical interventions that govt will do during the 21-day lockdown: where will testing for #COVID19 be done and by who? Which health facilities are ready to treat #COVID19 patients and what’s their capacity?

Last but not least, a lockdown to fight the #coronavirus must necessarily come with an awareness outreach programme, based on Zim’s epidemiological profile, that particularly targets vulnerable groups with suppressed immunity due to preexisting conditions, old age and hunger!

– @ProfJNMoyo


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