By MAIMBO MWEEMBA
Luapula Province Local Government Officer Francis Katanga has urged Chembe district Covid-19 task force to report politicians to relevant authorities that are misleading people with Covid-19 information.
Addressing Chembe District Covid-19 Task Force in Chembe district , Mr Katanga said that politicians should advocate for adherence of Covid-19 health guidelines and not mislead the public.
Mr Katanga said that there have been reports that some politicians are discouraging people not to adhere to Covid-19 health guidelines.
“Certain politicians are lying to people that Covid-19 is not real but a myth, such politicians who are misleading the general public if found wanting should be held accountable,” he said
Mr Katanga called on members of the general public to alert of politicians discouraging people not to follow Covid-19 guidelines.
“Such kind of people giving force information should not be entertained but should be reported to relevant authorities, I want to advise the Chembe district Covid-19 task force to always sensitize people especially in border areas as the district shares a border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),” he said.
And, representing Luapula Province Permanent Secretary Charles Mushota, Mansa District Health Director Marlon Chanda said Covid-19 task force should use multi-sectoral approach to combat Covid-19.
Mr Chanda said fighting the coronavirus is not only for health personnel but to every individual and also the district task force.
“Ensure people in market and border areas are adhering to all Covid-19 health guidelines. This way we will defeat Covid, the district has continued to record positive Covid-19 cases which calls for serious work from the task force,” he said.
Mr Chanda said the district task force should work together with traditional leaders in sensitizing the masses on Covid-19 and the importance of taking the Covid-19 vaccine.