A Norton Councilor has courted controversy by urging the public to put on warm clothing when fetching water and stopping anyone with a cold from going outside as a way to fight Covid-19.
According to Laston Tachiona, Ward 12 Councilor, anyone who has a cold or is sneezing is also not allowed to be at boreholes.
The strange methods, which are not supported by any scientific research, are allegedly his input towards stopping the spread of the virus
The Councilor says he is seeking to complement government efforts.
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“What we have done to try and assist in the fight against Covid-19 is I have instructed people to put on warm clothes when going to fetch water from boreholes.
“We have a challenge of water here so people regularly converge at borehole sites in the morning to get water”.
“Therefore no one is allowed to get water from any point unless the person is putting on warm clothes”, he said.
Tachiona says the measure is “just a mitigatory measure.
“If anyone is allowed to get water whilst they are warm it means they will also not be able to get any other form of cold”, he added.
The Councilor, one of only two independent Councilors in Norton Town Council (NTC) also added that he is urging his constituents to practice other forms of hygiene.
“We are also looking for other forms of protection such as sanitisers and face masks to give to the people”.
Currently, there is no vaccine for the virus with Zimbabwe under a two-week lockdown.
The country has tested 6834 people with 6802 testing negative and 32 testing positive.
Five (5) have recovered whilst four (4) have since passed away.
COVID-19 Good Practices
-Wash your hands frequently using soap and running water
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands
-Practice good respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes