DZIWA SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRUST
Lusaka, Zambia, June 10, 2021 –
Zambians should not ignore the reality on the ground that COVID-19 is present and killing people. The country’s health experts are under immense pressure to control the pandemic.
It has been reported the rate of new COVID -19 cases have increased. Admissions and a number of severe patients and those requiring oxygen continue to rise every day.
The call by health experts advising the public to follow health guidelines measures to contain COVID-19 pandemic should be supported by all.
As DSaT through Linking Science Society to Better Lives (LinkSS) project, we join the rest of the country to heighten advocacy campaigns through print and electronic media. LinkSS is committed to provide a platform to scientists and media to enhance communication outreach.
Access to information is a critical link to help society make informed decisions. Today, LinkSS in collaboration with Ministry of Health (MoH), Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services (MIBS), Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) have supported 45 public health reporters from different parts of Zambia for orientation on media coverage with specifics to COVID-19 and public health. Earlier LinkSS oriented 65 Lusaka based health reporters. The orientation meeting is part of the LinkSS response to support science journalism across the country including journalists based in the rural areas to access virtual training on COVID-19 and public health concerns.
The world is still struggling to contain the pandemic and Zambia has not been spared. One year on, it is very clear the new coronavirus is dangerous to humanity. Therefore, society should take immediate action to reduce the risk of transmission. Take personal responsibility as advised by health experts. Mask-up in public, wash your hands regularly with soap or sanitise. Observe physical distancing, keep your environment clean or stay home. Take charge of your health and protect the next person.
Veronica Mwaba – Principal Investigator
COVID-19: Linking Science Society to Better Lives
The COVID-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund is a partnership between the IDRC, the NRF, the United Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the UK Research and Innovation through the Newton Fund, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation and the Fonds de Recherche du Québec. Several councils participating in the Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa are providing additional support.