While governments have intensified awareness programs to help people to adhere to the preventive measures of COVID-19, the situation seems to be changing in Zambia.
Many people seem to have relaxed their adherence to guidelines despite the country still recording new COVID-19 cases.
However, the lack of adherence to preventive measures is being spread by false allegations that the pandemic in Zambia is not as lethal as the one that has killed hundreds of people outside Africa.
A visit to some flea markets in Lusaka, the country’s capital, reveals that people have thrown all caution to the wind.
At City Market, a crowded flea market, people were found busy selling various merchandise without maintaining social distance while many did not have face masks
Asked on why there were not maintaining social distance, the traders replied that there is nothing they could do because the market was small and there were no other trading places.
“There is nothing we can do because this place is the only one available where we can conduct our businesses. We will just continue with our business in this same crowded place,” one female trader who only identified herself as Joyce said.
When further asked if she was not afraid of contracting the coronavirus disease in such a crowded place, the lady said her business would crumble if she stopped trading.
Other traders talked to are of the same view, adding that the coronavirus will not provide food for them.
The wearing of face masks has also reduced with most people going about without putting them even in crowded places.
Some people talked to said they felt uncomfortable wearing the face masks as it makes breathing difficult.
With the relaxation to adherence to the guidelines, there are fears that the country could see a spike in cases.
Zambia has a cumulative total of 1,089 cases and seven deaths as of Wednesday.
When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out early this year, people did not think it would become a global problem and cause untold misery to all countries.
The health challenges it has caused and the economic shutdowns of many countries just goes to explain that the pandemic is indeed a challenge of the current times.
Therefore, countries have responded swiftly to contain the outbreak by putting in place various preventive measures which include maintaining social distance, washing of hands, wearing of face masks, avoiding handshaking, among others.
So far, over 6 million cases have been reported all over the world, according to figures posted on the World Health Organization website. Enditem