UPND 2021 Lusaka Central Aspiring candidate Mulambo Haimbe says compliance to World Health Organisation measures on COVID -19 and behaviour change can only be achieved if residents are educated on the transmission and prevention of the virus.
Speaking when he flagged off his campaign to distribute facemasks, hygiene products and sensitise the residents on the deadly COVID-19 pandemic at Prince Takamado Primary School in Lusaka’s Bauleni township this morning, Counsel Haimbe said behaviour change is the most important factor in the fight against COVID-19.
“sensitisation of COVID-19 is very important because people will understand how the deadly virus which has taken away thousands of lives can be transmitted and prevented. This will motivate people to follow WHO measures thereby instil behaviour change which later leads to full compliance of the measures given,” said Counsel Haimbe.
He said it is for this reason that he has included the component of sensitisation in his campaign so that people understand why he is donating the products and why they should use them strictly to prevent and break transmission.
“There can be no behavioural change in the community without sensitisation of the deadly COVID-19 virus,” said Counsel Haimbe.
Meanwhile he has called upon the community to put aside political differences and avoid politicising the pandemic as that will create divisions in the fight against COVID-19.
Mr Haimbe emphasised the need for concerted efforts from all stakeholders to fight the battle against an invisible enemy which has so far claimed 234,497 lives and infected 3,325,633 persons across the world as of 1st May 2020.
He explained that his decision to donate has been necessitated by the example set by UPND leader, Hakainde Hichilema who a fortnight ago donated foods and hygiene and sanitisation products towards COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at the same occasion Lusaka Province Deputy Chairperson, Grace Chivube said women in society should also be supported with all resources needed because they are front liners in the fight against COVID-19 in homes.
Counsel Haimbe has since reminded all party members to heed President Hichilema’s calls not to politicise COVID-19 campaign.
Counsel Haimbe was accompanied by 2021 Kabulonga ward aspiring candidate, Kosam Tembo and Independence ward aspiring candidate, Grey Mubotu Madyenkuku among other senior constituency and ward officials.
The entourage sensitised the residents and donated hygiene and sanitation products at Bauleni main market, Bauleni main bus station, Bauleni Clinic and Malata Clinic in Kabulonga and Independence wards respectively.
UPND MEDIA TEAM