When more than 30 African countries have already detected the presence of the new coronavirus, Mozambique prepares itself with the means it has to confront COVID-19.
Although Mozambique has not yet registered cases of the virus, there is confirmation of cases in three countries with which it shares a border: South Africa (62), Swaziland (1) and Tanzania (1).
The Government released a document with containment and mitigation plans, such as the identification of possible isolation centers in all the provinces.
Although not including the closing of borders, the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, announced several restrictive measures to prevent the possible spread of the virus in the country, such as:
Quarantine mandatory 14 days for people who come from countries with active transmission considered.
Proibição of organization and participation of all kinds of events with more than 300 people.
Suspension of all relocations of members of the State for the country.
14-day mandatory quarantine for people coming from countries with active transmission considered.
Prohibition of organization and participation in all kinds of activities with more than 300 people.
Suspension of all transfers of members of the State outside the country.
The largest opposition party, National Resistance Mozambique (Renamo), requested the closure of borders between Mozambique and other countries, to which the Health Minister said:
Enclosing borders is the extreme measure that should only be used in the perspective of a cliff that eventually plans to create a situation of calamity, no matter what. At this time, China has not dated as many borders, as there are some cities.
Closing borders is an extreme measure that should only be used in the perspective of a risk that may eventually create a calamity situation, and this is not the case. Not at this time, China closed the borders, quarantined in some cities.
The Ministry of Health is also running a prevention campaign in schools:
Minister da Saúde Armindo Tiago, co-guides hoje na Escola Secundária Francisco Manyanga
#Maputo with the Minister for Education and Human Development, Carmelite Namashulua and the Ex-Ms. WHO Representative, DJamila Cabral, a Palestra on Prevention Measures # Coronavirus
Verdade Democracia (@DemocraciaMZ) March 9, 2020
Today, the Minister of Health, Armindo Tiago, is coordinating at the Francisco Manyanga Secondary School in Maputo with the Minister of Education and Human Development, Carmelita Namashulua, and the Most Excellent Representative of the World Health Organization, DJamila Cabral, on a conference on measures of coronavirus prevention.
A message was sent to various SIM cards in Mozambique with recommendations that many citizens found ineffective.
Are you also receiving these msg? pic.twitter.com/OKGbiawJQS
ZLazuli💙 (@Lerice_Betty) March 9, 2020
Coronavirus belongs to a large family of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses other than the common flu and more serious illnesses, such as pneumonia.
Coronavirus symptoms resemble those of the common flu: fever, dry cough, runny nose, sore throat and headache, vomiting, and difficulty breathing.
Did you also receive these messages?
The historian and political analyst Egídio Vaz commented on the problems of the tenor of the messages:
Here it is or money being spent on ineffective campaigns. Received this SMS, I pay hair MISAU to ensinar or that is coronavirus.
This SMS is ineffective for the following reasons:
1. Linguagem technical dispensável. Despite the description being generic, it is of interest to the city. O cidadão requires messages that lhe help to take the necessary preventive measures, necessary attitudes to or exposed to perante situations of risco and for that reason must know how to suspend as minimum information.
2. Before the first time, or SMS could simply say that #coronavirus is a disease that does not cure and manifests itself through fevers, respiratory problems or the flu. The doctors may not agree with this version of the description, more than that they would like to describe this description so that the people will go to the hospital for misuse or necessity. For isso, the second part of the message would be “head to the post of saúde mais next to or misleading.”
3. As it is or SMS, surely I should expect to have next hair, to tell me or what to do…
We are in an emergency. No time for entertainment.
Here is the money that is being spent on ineffective campaigns. I received this text message, paid by the Ministry of Health to teach me what coronavirus is.
This text message is ineffective for the following reasons:
1. Expendable technical language. Although the description is generic, it is of little interest to the citizen. Citizens need messages that help them take the necessary preventive measures, necessary attitudes when dealing with risky situations, and therefore they must know how to assume with a minimum of information.
2. As a result of the above, the text message could simply say that coronavirus is a disease (sic) that has no cure and manifests itself through fever, respiratory problems or the flu. Doctors may not match my version of the description, but what I would like from that description is for people to head to the hospital for the necessary oversight. Therefore, the second part of the message would be “go to the nearest health post for absentmindedness.”
3. As the text message is, surely I will have to wait for the next one, which will tell me what to do…
We are in emergency. This is not a time for entertainment.
The Health Minister also disproved the myth that blacks are more resistant to COVID-19, since most of the more than 190,000 infected worldwide, and the more than 7,000 dead, are white.
There is still no scientific evidence that people of African descent have more resistance to the new coronavirus.
Recently, the Health authorities summoned various international and diplomatic entities to request support in an eventual outbreak of the disease in the country.
Before the intervention of the Health Minister, President Filipe Nyusi himself urged Mozambicans to mobilize more in the face of the outbreak of the disease:
(A) COVID-19 is a matter of security. For this reason, I appeal for or redouble my efforts at their prevention and vigilance.
(The) COVID-19 is a matter of security. Therefore, I make a call to redouble efforts in its prevention and vigilance.
A message falsely attributed to UNICEF was circulated by WhatsApp in Mozambique. The entity published a denial:
Or UNICEF is not releasing nenhum newsletter on #coronavirus through WhatsApp em # Moçambique.
For information on how to avoid # COVID19, Consult FREE to Plataforma PENSA, typing * 660 # ou link FREE to or Alô Vida, through 800149, 82149 and 84146. pic.twitter.com/lnGrTxtTbI
– UNICEF Moçambique (@UNICEF_Moz) March 5, 2020
REPUBLIC OF MOZAMBIQUE
MINISTRY OF HEALTH
Our greatest value is life
Do you have questions about the coronavirus?
PENSA (Educational Platform for Health Information)
* 660 #
Or call Aló Vida for free
800149 – 82149 – 84146
UNICEF does not release any newsletter on coronaviruses via WhatsApp in Mozambique.
For information on how to avoid COVID-19, consult the PENSA platform for FREE, call * 660 # or call Alô Vida for FREE, through 800149, 82149 and 84146.
Through its spokesperson, the Government of Mozambique also denied a recent episode of spreading false information on social networks:
#Atencao: Nao ha nenhum confirmed case of # Coronavirus em # Moçambique, second announcement or voice of the governo no fim da sessão extraordinária do Conselho de Ministros. “I tell you that we are circulating false own of ill-intentioned people” disse Filimao Suaze #Mozambique
– Alexandre (@AllexandreMZ) March 12, 2020
Attention: There are no confirmed cases of coronaviruses in Mozambique, as announced by the government spokesman at the end of the extraordinary session of the Council of Ministers. “The stories that are circulating are false, typical of malicious people,” Filimao Suaze said.
To follow these recommendations, the ruling party, Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo), decided to cancel a meeting to be held between March 20 and 22:
The face of the announced measures, not the scope of the Coronavirus to the Political Party Commission decided to ADD TO SESSÃO DO CENTRAL COMMITTEE marked for the 20th to 22nd of March to date to be announced. # COVID19 #Coronavirus #FRELIMO pic.twitter.com/rZShGjm6mF
– FRELIMO Moçambique (@FRELIMO_) March 15, 2020
Given the measures announced in the field of coronavirus, the party's Political Commission decided to POSTPON THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE SESSION scheduled for March 20-22 until the date to be announced.
For his part, the journalist Rafael Machalela published a prototype of what appears to be a locally produced mask model:
Moçambicano to raise this to another Patamar. Gosto. pic.twitter.com/NqZDrXIe53
RAFAEL MACHALELA 🇲🇿 (@rafaelmachalela) March 5, 2020
Here in Mozambique you don't gamble with business too.
Mozambican take this to another level. I like.