“My position is to encourage traditional leaders to take COVID-19 issues seriously,” he said.
“As for government, it should continue to educate our people about dangers of this pandemic. Relatives must not hide their kith and kin at their homes if they run away from quarantine or have crossed the border illegally.”Nguluvhe also revealed that Health ministry officials were working on isolating the affected family members to reduce the spread of the virulent disease.
Community Working Group on Health executive director Itai Rusike said massive rural awareness campaigns would help reduce such incidents.
“The issue of returnees escaping from quarantine centres is a worrying concern. This calls for informed community participation in the COVID-19 response,” he said.
“Communities in hotspot districts such as Beitbridge need sustained COVID-19 health literacy education awareness campaigns if we are to reduce the risk of infection from their relatives that are returning home and escaping from quarantine centres before completing due processes,” he said.
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