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Use “Ukufutikila”, President Lungu urges citizens

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has urged citizens to use home-based care solutions as such steaming which is locally known as ‘Ukufutikila’.

He said steaming has been recommended to be part of the remedies for COVID-19 by health experts.

President Lungu said home-based care solutions such as ‘steaming’, using eucalyptus leaves, consuming vitamin C, ginger, garlic, honey and cinammon concoctions are some of the tested remedies that health experts are recommending.

“All of us are either affected, infected or even re-infected,” he said.

Meanwhile, the President expects the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education to ensure schools, colleges, and universities adhere strictly to public health regulations, guidelines, and certification when they open.

In a statement issued, President Lungu said all relevant authorities, including parents and guardians must contribute to the protection of pupils and students.

He has also urged frontline workers, in charge of testing, to ensure they make available contacts that people can use to call them when they feel unwell.

“l am aware that sometimes the results are made available when some people have already recovered but may have infected other people. Therefore, we need to expedite the availing of results to our citizens,” the President said.

President Lungu has, however, commended all Frontline workers for their courage and resilience when looking after COVID- 19 patients.

“These are men and women of the Year 2020 because without them thousands of lives would have been lost,” he said.

The Head of State said
mourns with all bereaved families and wishes all citizens God’s protection and blessings.

Meanwhile, Minister of Health, Jonas Chanda says he will have a
consultative meeting with his counterparts in other line ministries to review progress on the implementation of the presidential directives and review the interventions and actions in the midst of the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases.

He said the meeting will also address matters such as opening of schools, public sensitisation, and enforcement of public health measures among members of the community and public places.

(Picture by BOBA TV)

 

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MoH stops mass COVID-19 testing as govt. fears it will run out of testing kits due to local and global demand

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GOVERNMENT has disclosed that it cannot cope with mass COVID-19 testing due to local and global demand of diagnostic test kits.

Minister of Health Sylvia Masebo says owing to increased community transmissions of the virus, her ministry has since revised testing criteria which  will only prioritise those with symptoms.

Speaking at a media briefing this morning, Ms Masebo said the move is a logical approach adding  that one in every three to four Zambians is infected, as such government cannot cope with mass test screening.

She said government will therefore prioritize testing individuals and grouping with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 such as individuals who are at risk of developing severe disease.

Ms Masebo said among those who will be prioritised are health care workers, those admitted in healthcare facilities with various ailments and symptomatic individuals in an institutionalised setting such  as prisons, boarding schools and training camps.

“We advise that if you are a contact to a known case or at risk of acquiring the disease but have no symptoms, you do not need to be tested but must observe enhanced prevention measures. If you develop symptoms at any point, please get to the health facility for examination and possible testing,” she said.

And the Minister has disclosed that in the last 24 hours the country has recorded 1,485 new COVID-19 cases out of 5,389 tests conducted countrywide, giving a national positivity of 28%.

She said five deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours, with two classified as COVID-19 deaths and three as COVID-19 associated deaths.

The Minister further said in the last 24 hours,a total 20,526 vaccine dose records which brings the total number of doses that have been administered to date to 1,941,928.

(Mwebantu, Monday, January 10th, 2022)

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Some priests on the Copperbelt province test positive to COVID-19 amid Christmas celebrations

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CATHOLIC Diocese of Ndola Bishop Benjamin Phiri has disclosed that some priests have tested positive to COVID-19.

Dr Phiri has since provided new guidelines ahead of Christmas celebrations amid the increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.

In his latest communication to perishes on the Copperbelt province, Bishop Phiri said Christmas vigil and Christmas day masses will go ahead with strict health measures in a well spaced environment.

He has urged priests to increase the number of masses to avoid overcrowding.

“At Parishes where Priests have been diagnosed with Covid-19, the church building must be fumigated immediately and repeatedly after each Mass celebration and a stand in Priest will be sent to help the sick one,” he said.

And the Bishop has cancelled all his visitation to parishes lined up during the Christmas period.

He said new arrangements will be made when the COVID-19 situation normalizes.

Bishop Phiri has further urged christians in the diocese to religiously follow guidelines on COVID-19 provided by the Ministry of Health.

Meanwhile, the Cathedral of the Child Jesus has cancelled the celebration of mass for two weeks after a number of parishioners tested positive to Covid-19.

Cathedral administrator Father Timothy Lubunda has told Mwebantu that all the offices will be closed has well as gatherings will not be allowed to take place.

“This has been a hard decision to make but our people’s health comes first as we serve our God,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 24th December, 2021)

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FAZ calls off Red Arrows Vs Indeni due to incidences of Covd-19 in the airmen’s camp

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THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ)  has postponed the Week 17 MTN Super League match between Red Arrows and Indeni due to incidences of COVID-19 in the airmen’s camp.

FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala said the association has since notified all the parties involved.

“We have postponed the between Red Arrows and Indeni originally scheduled for Sunday, 19th December 2021 to a later date due to an outbreak of COVID-19 amongst the players and staff of Red Arrows,” Kashala said.

He said the move is regrettable especially that it came in the aftermath of the cancellation of another Week 17 match involving Kafue Celtic and Prison Leopards due to COVID-19 cases.

Kashala said clubs should step up COVID-19  preventive measures in view of the fourth wave.

“We wish to advise all our partners especially clubs that the fourth wave of the Covid-19 is upon us, and everyone should take care of themselves. We encourage our members to embrace the vaccination campaign as part of the ministry of health control measures,” Kashala said.

“While we are mindful that the exercise is voluntary, we encourage everyone to consider taking the jab as one of the measures touted as a COVID-19 prevention tool.Football stadia has been identified as one of the media for providing a platform for public vaccination exercises should take the lead,” Kashala said.

Red Arrows was due to host Indeni Football Club in a Week 17 fixture at Nkoloma Stadium.

This is a according to a statement issued by FAZ communications manager Sydney Mungala.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

27 Jan 2022, 12:28 PM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

303,266 Total Cases
3,906 Deaths
293,694 Recovered

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