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Why are you still allowing Chinese to come in when there is Corona Virus?

By Loreen Tadzingwa

Health and Child Care Minister Obadiah Moyo has been asked to give a ministerial statement in the National Assembly to explain why people coming from China are still being allowed to come into the country when there is Corona Virus.

The deadly virus which has ravaged some parts of China is said to be very contagious to the extent that some countries across the world have banned visitors from the Asian country as a precaution measure.

However, Zimbabwe is said to be still receiving some visitors from the giant Asian country which is also dubbed as the country’s all-weather-friend.

Speaking in the National Assembly, Dangamvura-Chikanga legislator Honourable Prosper Mutseyami asked the minister to explain the rationale where developed countries that have the capacity to protect themselves have actually banned Chinese nationals while Zimbabwe with little or no capacity still allows them.

My point of privilege specifically is directed to the Minister of Health and Child Care. My humble request is for the Honourable Minister to come to this House and give an update as well as to the nation at large on the challenges, preparations and everything else to do with the Corona Virus, on the preparations we have done as a Government.

“Specifically, the Honourable Minister has to address the question why Zimbabwe as a country is still allowing the coming in of Chinese visitors whilst we have first world countries like Russia, Australia and many other countries who have closed their borders due to the level of the challenge which is so massive that Zimbabwe as a country may not be able to solve.

If ever this problem would come to us, it will be a mammoth task to address or give it the attention it deserves. Mr Speaker Sir, I put it to you that it be addressed as soon as possible,” he said.

Corona Virus comes at a time when Zimbabwe is having challenges in the health sector fronted by non-availability of doctors in hospitals due to incapacitation, lack of essential drugs and equipment as well as other amenities such as gloves, bandages and syringes among many others.

Just recently, the Minister of Health was quoted in the local newspapers saying the country currently needs something around ZW$5 million to use in the prevention of the virus.

The Health sector in Zimbabwe is generally underfunded by government and has to rely on the benevolence of development partners and foreign governments in fighting such diseases as HIV/Aids, TB and Malaria among other things.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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