The President of Tanzania John Magufuli who has being under heavily criticisms of the government poor interventions on the fight against COVID19 in the country is said to have had no plans to help curb the new variant of the said COVID19.
This comes after President John Magufuli caution to the state officials readiness to have engaged in the usage of vaccines which is said to be used to the fight against the virus, hence might exposed them to another spread.
A news conference held on Monday 2nd February 2021, Health Minister Dorothy Gwajima said: “For now the government has no plans to receive the Covid vaccine being distributed in other countries.”
The minister urged Tanzanians to take precautions and to use traditional medicine as a way of dealing with coronavirus, although their efficacy to combat the virus has not been scientifically confirmed.
Dr Gwajima also warned media outlets not to report unofficial information on coronavirus or any disease. The warning comes after the Catholic Church said it had observed an increase in requiem masses, blaming funerals on a spike in coronavirus infections.
The US Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised against all travel to Tanzania and updated its alert to level four, meaning transmission of coronavirus in the country is “high or rising rapidly”.
Tanzania is one of the few countries in the world to not publish any data on Covid-19 cases. It last did so in May, when about 500 cases and 20 deaths were recorded. The following month, Mr Magufuli declared Tanzania “coronavirus-free”.
A shared photos of Dr Gwajima and other officials inhaling steam and taking a herbal concoction below
Waziri wa Afya, Dk. Dorothy Gwajima na naibu wake, Dk. Godwin Mollel, wakinywa dawa ya asili pamoja na kujifukiza mbele ya waandishi wa habari jijini Dodoma Jumatatu 01 Februari 2021, wamewahamasisha wananchi kutumia tiba mbadala ili kukabiliana na magonjwa mbalimbali. pic.twitter.com/oOklD2qN94
— Haki Ngowi (@Hakingowi) February 1, 2021
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