Health and Child Care Minister Obadiah Moyo has urged legislators to stop travelling to China for business or shopping until such a time when coronavirus has been contained.
Legislators and politicians in Zimbabwe are fond of going to China for both shopping medical reasons, with Vice President Constantino Chiwenga having spent many months there.
Speaking in the National Assembly, the Health Minister said it was by God’s grace that the country has not reported a confirmed case of the disease.
“Let us stop this issue of travelling to China completely. No travelling to China please, at this stage, stay in your country and stop shopping. Let us stay in our country; it is by God’s grace that we do not have it here.
“I was praying last night about that woman who was admitted at Wilkins Hospital that she does not turn out to be positive and by God’s grace she turned out to be negative. So, we are lucky and this is why you have seen me personally going to the borders.
“I will not leave any stone unturned and when I get to the borders, I will make sure that I educate everyone and it has to be done like that,” he said.
Minister Moyo added that he has challenged all border personnel to keep watch and ensure the disease does not enter through the borders.
“So, I have challenged every border and every person who works at the border, not just health personnel but the immigration, the police, the soldiers and everyone who works at the border has to wake up.
“We all have to remind each other when someone is doing the wrong thing. we do not want to allow someone who has got a fever to come into Zimbabwe without being stopped and that is exactly how we managed to pick up the case at the airport the day before yesterday.
“It is a serious issue which we have to put a lot of respect and we are all going to monitor each other’s performance wherever we are. We pray that this scourge will not enter into Zimbabwe and it will not enter if we all cooperate with each other,” he said.