By Edward Mukaro
ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) head of corporate affairs Godfrey Koti has allayed any fears of the spread of Covid –19 ahead of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) 10th Anniversary slated for Victoria Falls, saying Government and international agency’s efforts at the nation’s entry ports would go along way in keeping tourists and locals safe from the various that has accounted for thousands of lost lives over the past months.
ZAA will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary, in style, at Elephant Hills hotel, in Victoria Falls, the first of its ceremonies to be held in the country.
The glamorous occasion will see Zimbabweans, who are scattered across the globe, from different specialties and fields of expertise swarm the resort town to receive honours from ZAA for their efforts in their line of work.
Responding to questions from journalists during a press briefing at Crown Plaza Hotel, in Harare, over the concern and state of preparedness in light of the outbreak of Covid – 19 with cases already reported in neighbouring South Africa, Koti said government was prepared to deal with the virus as witnessed by activities taking place at the country’s ports.
“We are informed that there is screening material on all the ports of the country.
“When people come in the country, they will be screened or tested. It is a serious issue, the world over. We should all exercise serious hygiene and extreme caution,” he said.
Last week, tourism authorities, including the parent Ministry of Environment, Climate, Water, Tourism and Hospitality together with the Ministry of Health and Child Care, and United Nations agencies met to come up with ways of stopping Covid -19 from infiltrating into the country, since cases of the virus have been reported in South Africa.
The meeting focused on uncompromised improvement on prevention, surveillance, monitoring, access to care, as well as, education and awareness, through the formation of a Covid -19 Response Committee.