Tanzania: WHO Praises Tanzania’s New Position On Covid-19

Dar es Salaam — The World Health Organisation (WHO) has commended Tanzania for reverting to measures meant to contain the spread of Covid-19.

The WHO regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said instructions recently made by the government including putting on face masks were promising in scaling up the war against contagious disease.

Last month, the government urged Tanzanians to undertake eight specific measures in a deliberate move to win the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Apart from a three-day period of prayers, the Health ministry issued a statement instructing Tanzanians to also subscribe to hygienic requirements as advanced by health experts.

The hygienic requirements include frequent hand washing with soap and running water and use of sanitizer in the absence of clean water and soap.

Reiterating that the country will not go on a lockdown, the Health ministry said Tanzanians should conduct physical exercises while protecting the elderly; those who are obese and people with underlying conditions.

The Health ministry said it was about time Tanzanians ate balanced diets, with an extra focus on vegetables and fruits.

The use of traditional remedies that have been registered by the Traditional and Alternative Health Practice Council must also be taken seriously.

Putting on face masks and reporting to health centres after developing disease symptoms, must be observed.

“We must continue taking precautions by abiding by healthy living requirements so as to prevent hazards that may weaken our body immune systems… .,” according to a statement signed by the head of government communications unit at the Ministry.

And in line with that, the WHO said yesterday during an online media briefing that Tanzania’s recent move on the disease was promising.

“This has come after the death of the First Vice President (for Zanzibar) and another senior government official,” said Ms Moeti as she responded to a question from a participant in Geneva.

Furthermore, she called on Tanzania to abide by Covid-19 testing procedures recommended by WHO and share important data on the trend of the disease, expressing hope that the organization will start receiving statistics.

She said disease prevention and control measures should be built from individual, community and public levels, reaffirming the WHO commitment to support the country.