JUST IN: Mnangagwa gets second Covid 19 vaccine dose in Kwekwe as low uptake hits home province of Midlands

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OWEN MATAVA in Kwekwe

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Thursday morning received his second dose of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine at Kwekwe General Hospital as he also confirmed reports of low uptake of vaccines in his home town of Kwekwe and Midlands province at large, midlandsnews can report.

Mnangagwa said that despite the commitment by Government to avail vaccines free of charge, people in Kwekwe and Midlands at large remained sceptical about getting inoculated.

“Musi we Chipiri wega wega MaiMuchinguri vanotipa ma reports, mureport yavo yavakapedzisira kuti ratidza takaona kuti Midlands Province ndiyo iri kumashure kwemamwe ese pavaccination.

“Now that l have come here in Kwekwe to receive my second dose, l hope that you will respond also by coming forward and get vaccinated”, said Mnangagwa.

I’m pleased to receive my second dose here in Kwekwe, l therefore invite the communities of Midlands Province to go out in their large numbers and get vaccinated”, he added.

The President received his first dose last month in Victoria Falls during the launch of the second phase of the national vaccination programme.

According to Zim health experts, 288 229 people had received their first dose by Tuesday this week while 36 778 got their second jab.

However, the number of Covid-19 cases has been gradually increasing over the last two weeks, with most of the cases recorded in schools.

At St David’s Bonda Girls High School in Manicaland and Embakwe High School in Plumtree 145 and 91 learners respectively tested positive for the disease last week. The new cases came barely a week after 200 students had tested positive to Covid-19 at Sacred Heart Primary and High Schools in Matabeleland South.

During the Cabinet media briefing last night, Minister of Information and Publicity, Monica Mutsvangwa said the strong Covid-19 surveillance system that Government had put in place had enabled the health authorities to detect outbreaks early.

Matsvangwa also said that the situation was under control and all the cases in schools were mild and asymptomatic.

“The Ministry of Health and Child Care is testing and vaccinating members in the adjoining communities where the schools are located. All those found positive have been quarantined. The ministries of Primary and Secondary Education; and Health and Child Care have intensified enforcement of the Covid-19 standard operating procedures in all schools and those found violating Covid-19 preventive measures will be sanctioned,” said Mutsvangwa.

During today’ event, President Mnangagwa was accompanied by Vice President and Health Minister Rtd General Constantino Chiwenga and several Cabinet Ministers who include Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri, July Moyo, Owen Mudha Ncube and Sithembiso Nyoni.

Leader of the opposition in Parliament Douglas Mwonzora and other Polad members aswell as Zanu PF Midlands Province leadership led by Chairman Engineer Daniel McKenzie Ncube also attended the function.