By ROGERS KALERO
THE Covid-19 pandemic should be confronted with serious interventions from various sections of society as it has the potential to leave critical sectors of the economy fragmented and devastated, Rotary Club of Kitwe North President Patrick Chilambwe has said.
He said interventions should include sensitizing people in far flung areas in order to reduce the spread of the pandemic which has continued to claim lives and ravaging economies of various countries in the world.
Dr Chilambwe was speaking at the weekend when the Rotary Club of Kitwe North donated 10 bicycles in Lufwanyama district to be used for Covid-19 interventions.
He said it was important that people in areas like lufwanyama were educated about the covid-19 so that they were able to appreciate that the pandemic was real and a threat to human life and world economies. “We decided to donate 10 bicycles for Covid-19 interventions which will include educating the people in far flung areas on the dangers of Covid-19. People need to be sensitized and educated on how Covid-19 is transmitted and how to reduce infection rate. “We donated bicycles because in rural areas bicycles are mostly used. Where a vehicle cannot pass, a bicycle can pass. So in our small and humble way as Rotary we decided to donate the bicycles, “Dr Chilambwe said.
Receiving the bicycles, Lufwanyama District Commissioner (DC), Dorothy Chimpimpi, said the bicycles would be used by health workers to disseminate information about diseases.
“We all need proper and accurate information about the dangers of Covid-19 so that the developmental agenda set by the Government is not disturbed to a great extent. I am directing the director of health to ensure that this donation is properly used and accounted for in order to benefit our people,” Ms Chimpimpi said.
Ms Chimpimpi said Lufwanyama being a rural district, mobility was one of the biggest challenges, but with the donation of the bicycles the movements would improve.
“Mobility in reaching the vulnerable people in different areas has been one of the biggest challenges. In the recent past, we have seen several interventions made by Government. Many more developmental projects are still under way,” she said.