NewsDay (Zimbabwe)

We’re in a crisis — Chamisa

- BY MOSES MATENGA Follow Moses on Twitter Moses @mmatenga

OPPOSITION MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa says informatio­n on the ground, particular­ly in rural areas, was pointing to a dire situation in the country, hence the need for government to stop politickin­g and come up with good strategies to win the COVID-19 battle.

Chamisa yesterday told NewsDay that the COVID-19 situation in the country was getting out of hand, thus the need for a more serious approach to deal with the pandemic instead of politickin­g at a time when the deadly disease has killed over 2 600 people in Zimbabwe.

“It can’t be business as usual. It is business unusual,” Chamisa said. “Take every place as a potential hotspot and every gathering as a super spreader.

“There must be a very clear programme of action, and I get disturbed with the situation in hospitals. There are no oxygen facilities in many of them and the poor are exposed.”

He added: “It is expensive to get admitted in a hospital these days and how many people can afford it? The situation is dire, especially in rural areas. Families are affected and it is a real emergency, a real disaster that requires self-leadership.

“This thing of seeking to weaponise COVID-19 is an act of desperatio­n. You can’t seek to profit from a dire situation like this that is threatenin­g to wipe out a whole nation, a generation.”

The MDC Alliance leader said the situation at public hospitals was dire, hence the need to improve the health delivery system in the country.

“It’s only in a banana republic where there is an attempt to make COVID-19 a victory,” Chamisa said.

He said authoritie­s should address the public transport disaster as thousands of Zimbabwean­s continued to be exposed in queues and in Zupco buses that were allowed to operate, but are overwhelme­d due to high demand.

“This is a proper case of emergency and the nation must now be in a crisis mode. We can’t be in a lackadaisi­cal mode, and we have to change the way we do things,” he said.


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