SADC bans regional meetings to contain coronavirus

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By Earlene Chimoyo

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) health ministers have agreed a temporary ban of physical regional meetings as a preventative measure against the coronavirus.

The ministers met in Tanzania on Monday to discuss how best to deal with the deadly virus which has killed more than 4,000 people around the world and more than 100,000 have been infected.

They suggested regional coordination to continue through the use of modern technology such as video-conferencing until the situation is contained.

Malawi’s Health Minister, Jappie Mhango, missed the meeting which made several other resolutions to help keep the virus out of the region while containing registered cases.

To ensure close collaboration between member states, the ministers resolved to establish clear mechanisms of information sharing on issues regarding trans-border public health concerns.

Other resolutions include continued capacity building and utilisation of the existing technical structures such as the Africa Centre for Disease Control.

Locally, the Ministry of Health is intensifying screening of people coming into the country.

It has set up screening measures in all of the country’s border posts.



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