Zambia-Congo border market still “alive” amid COVID-19

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Zambia’s ministry of health is screening the public travelling to Kasumbalesa, a one-stop border point with the Democratic Republic of Congo to check on symptoms of COVID-19 that has resulted in three deaths in Zambia.

An on-the-spot-check by Xinhua found health workers at Kafue police checkpoint conducting screening exercise to motorists and public transports.

“We start work as early as 6:00, we want to check on every person on whether they have symptoms of COVID-19,” said one of the health personnel who only identified herself as Dorothy.

And a check at Kasumbalesa on the Zambian side found some traders wearing masks while others without masks when conducting their businesses.

Kasumbalesa Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa assistant officer Charles Maliwe expressed concern over non-adherence to wearing masks by some traders.

“We have since embarked on sensitization program to enforce President Edgar Lungu’s directive to wear masks in public places,” he said.

According to Maliwe, Kasumbalesa market is one of the busiest trading facilities in Zambia with over 10,000 Congolese entering Zambia to buy goods especially agricultural products.

He said the only way to fight COVID-19 is to adhere to the guidance given by President Lungu to wearing masks in public places.

And Chililabombwe Mayor Christable Mulala said the council is checking on the level of compliance by the traders whether they have handwashing buckets and sanitizers at the border facilities.

“Screening of the public for any COVID-19 symptoms is ongoing until further notice,” she said. Enditem

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