Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa in a post Cabinet briefing yesterday disclosed that Cabinet has approved the setting up of the COVID-19 Experts Advisory Committee which will provide evidence based advice to the National COVID-19 Preparedness and Response.
“The public may recall that Cabinet approved the establishment of a COVID-19 Experts Advisory Committee, whose objective will be to provide science-based evidence, advice and guidance on the National COVID-19 Preparedness and Response in support of timely evidence- based policy decisions.
“Today, Cabinet approved the appointment of the following members: Dr. Tonderai Mapako, Mr. Tendai Kureya, Dr. Justen Manasa, Professor Rudo Makunike-Mutasa, Dr. Alex Gasasira, Dr. Lincoln Charimari, Professor Rose Kambarami, Dr. Gladwin Muchena, Dr. Samson Shumbairerwa, Dr. Wilfred Muteweye, Professor Rashida Ferrand, and Ms. Ester Masunda. The Committee is made up of professionals in the relevant fields who are expected to deliver on this important mandate,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.
Relatedly in a bid to protect frontline workers, Government is determined and takes all necessary steps to prevent its frontline health workers from being infected whilst carrying out their duties.
“Cabinet also received the results from a Tackling Infectious Diseases for the Benefit of Africa (TIBA) study on Frontline Health Workers (FHW) conducted in Bulawayo which also buttressed our efforts on the need to ensure the enhanced availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all levels of our FHWs,” said the Information Minister.
Cabinet during its seating on 18 August 2020, in order to strengthen the National COVID-19 Response, proposed the setting up of a Technical Steering Committee with experts from all the sectors involved in the response to the pandemic.