Coronavirus: Nkurenkuru tells residents to keep safe

Information shared in local languages

25 March 2020 | Local News

To curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Nkurenkuru town council said it has informed all its residents to take precautionary measures to keep themselves safe.

CEO Petrus Sindimba told Nampa on Monday the council put up notices all over town on measures residents should take, what the symptoms of the coronavirus are and that they should immediately go for medical attention at the nearest hospital if they show symptoms.

This, he said, has been done in local languages for people to understand the information being shared.

“We have informed all our business entities, including the banks, to also take precautionary measures.

I visited retail shops like Woermann Brock and Shoprite and observed that they sanitise the customers' hands as they enter the shops,” Sindimba said.

As for the banks, we informed them to minimise the number of people entering to use the bank's services at a time.

The council, he added, also reopened the water taps of customers whose accounts were suspended due to non-payment.

Ministry directive

The announcement follows a directive by former urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga who, in a letter addressed to all regional councils, town councils, village councils and municipalities, on Friday ordered the opening of all taps to help fight the virus.

“We started with the reconnection of all accounts that were suspended this morning as we only received the directive over the weekend,” the CEO said.

Sindimba, however, encouraged residents whose water has been reconnected not to take the directive for granted and to continue paying their bills, as the council will in future still continue to disconnect the water of those in arrears.