AUSTRALIA-BASED health worker and social entrepreneur, Mabasa “Bazuka” Ziyambi, says the Covid-19 fight requires collective effort and vigilance.
Ziyambi, who was raised in Kadoma before he left the country for greener pastures over a decade ago, said coronavirus was real and neither knows status nor race.
And as a front-line worker, who mainly attends to patients with respiratory issues, he said all was not rosy in their profession.
“As a health worker, life has not been easy. Each day is a reminder of the situation the whole world is in.
“This disease is real and it is highly infectious. It does not choose who you are and us as workers are in the real thick of things.
“When duty calls, we have to understand that we are needed either as social support or advocating for our patients in a holistic and patient centred way throughout the recovery journey,” he said.
Ziyambi said his main duties have made him strong as he will be dealing mainly with life or
“My main focus is patient education, especially on respiratory disorder management on all my patients to ensure a positive recovery outcome.
“All members of the community are supposed to understand all the signs and symptoms and of course isolate.
“Fighting Covid-19 needs all hands on deck and also disclosing all symptoms like, shortness of breath, high temperatures, feeling dizzy and of course sore throat,” he said.
Besides rendering his service in a foreign country at a time when his homeland is also reeling from the pandemic, Ziyambi said he still has locals at heart.
“What I can say to my fellow Zimbabweans is this disease is real and is claiming lives each and every day so let's be vigilant and exercise safety precautions as much as we can by maintaining social distance, hand hygiene and most importantly avoiding unnecessary gatherings.
“Let's pray to God for his mercies endures forever. God will not forsake us in times like this.
“Let’s hope for a breakthrough in the form of a vaccine or cure.
“We need to always remember to be mindful of everything you do, self-isolation is the key to serve lives. Prevention is better than cure.”
Ziyambi, who is also a part-time musician, said life was no longer the same.
“Life as a musician during this pandemic is very much different from the life I used to have before this Covid-19 as I cannot perform or provide live entertainment to my fans in different places.
“We are now adhering to the lockdown rules of the country by avoiding social gatherings for my safety and that of my fans.
“I really miss the good old days of hanging out with my fans.”
The Ndabuda Mugota singer said Covid-19 has also affected the strides he has made in the foreign country.
“Indeed our music projects were severely affected very much by this pandemic as I cannot fully concentrate with my team on production purposes.
“It is also difficult to meet my producer for recordings and practice as we are abiding by the
laws of the country. Of course we can do online production, but it's not as effective as meeting in person with my team to ensure the best production of videos.
“We are actually doing things slowly because of the pandemic.”
Asked what he was missing back home, he said:
“I really miss my mother and the whole Ziyambi clan. We used to catch up so often during the festive season.
“I also miss dearly my team, the manager, Faith Candy, producer Casper Beats, musician and friend Gift Amuli, Tinashe Ngara as well as my best mate Witness Kwirirayi.
“I also miss kwataidya Sadza ne mabhonzo kuKebab. I have lots of memories but I hope soon I will be able to come home again and perform in Zimbabwe.”
Besides operating under stringent conditions, he also promised new stuff before year-end.
“There is a new album coming soon, it’s called Derere Resango but unfortunately, the video production has been delayed by the Covid-19 but anytime soon it will be out.
“The album nothing you heard before, people will like it and l promise them that.
“In this album, we relate with current world order as we provide words of hope and encouragement at the same time entertaining our followers.”
On his advice to fellow musicians in despair, he added said:
"My advice to local musicians who are stranded in this Covid-19 era is that don't lose hope, (tisarase mbereko nekufirwa).
“There is still hope at the end of the tunnel, all this will pass and we will dance in the rain again.
“Those late nights and the missed hugs will soon be back. This pain will be history and we will enjoy life once again.”
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