MANY countries around the world are highlighting the vital role that frontline health workers are playing in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, putting their lives on the line to treat patients.
In many instances this is done without the necessary equipment to protect themselves, and has led to a high mortality rate among doctors and nurses at the forefront of the battle.
While this situation is improving in many countries, Bulawayo City captain Zibusiso “Mzimara” Sibanda , says it is vital that they receive the support they need, and to stay the course in the fight.
“The situation that we are facing could’ve been worse if it were not for these workers who are selflessly rendering the essential services needed during this time,” Sibanda said.
Tanzania based ex-Highlanders utility player Bruce Kangwa reckoned: “The fight against colonialism was a concerted effort by the organised formations from different fronts. Covid-19 itself is a monumental task and only joint efforts will see us through. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that I encourage most especially the frontline services who have been called upon to risk their own lives, to keep on going strong and continue to do their best. Most importantly, to remain committed and dedicated to their calling. The country needs you more than ever before.”
Ex Highlanders captain Felix “SaNicky” Chindungwe also acknowledged the cost to the economy of a lockdown in Zimbabwe that was eased to evel 2 on Monday, allowing some business to re-open.
“While we celebrate the workers that are rendering services at this juncture, Covid-19 has placed business under a tremendous strain. Many companies cannot cope and are forced into the unfortunate action of closing down or workforce reduction.
“I hope that this experience will lead to re-assessing and restructuring of businesses which will eventually result in the staff rehiring in the future of those who have lost their jobs. Companies should use this time to reinvent their brand identities to try and maintain a certain level of sustainability during volatile times,” said the dreadlocked player who recently joined Zifa Central Region Division One side Shesham.
Chicken Inn skipper Moses Jackson said he and his club were fully behind the health professionals and urged fans to play their part in slowing the spread of the virus.
“I pledge my support to the medical professionals and the entire staff members at the hospitals and various other health care facilities and the law enforcement brigade who continue to carry out their duties with honour and dignity.”