Tanzanian president urges religious leaders to support fight against COVID-19

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President Samia Suluhu Hassan
Samia Suluhu Hassan

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Thursday urged religious leaders to support government’s efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing the Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT) general meeting in Morogoro region, President Hassan said religious leaders were better placed in preaching to worshippers’ means of protecting themselves against the pandemic.

“People trust religious leaders more than politicians,” she said, adding that the religious leaders were also better placed in creating awareness on the importance of observing protective guidelines against the pandemic.

President Hassan added that “the government and religious leaders should work closely in fighting the pandemic to save our country and people.”

The president said on Wednesday that the third wave of the pandemic has hit the east African nation, mostly affecting Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Mwanza, Kagera and Dodoma regions.

Last week, President Hassan announced that the country has joined the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access program.

She said the government has set aside 477 million U.S. dollars for importing the vaccines and for bailing out sectors that have been most affected by the pandemic. Enditem

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