By Margaret Kamba
There is need to employ more strategies in addressing the impact of Corona Virus Disease Covid19 currently facing Africa.
These observations were made during a zoom meeting held to discuss the economic impact of the pandemic on the various demographics of sub Saharan Africa.
Panelists from South Africa, Cameroon and Zimbabwe noted with great concern that the business as usual approach by African citizens is detrimental to curbing the virus.
"The impact of the pandemic on the livelihoods of the women requires that we teach them to generate income without necessarily requiring transportation. Such projects as snail production, soap making and aquaculture among others can be done," said Temba Ndlovu.
"If I went to my parents and relatives in the village and said look there is a virus and we need to do a, b, c, d to stop it from spreading, they would believe me because it is coming from their daughter a person they know. Perhaps these are some of the strategies we need to employ in order to address the problem," Tendai Ncube, a lecturer said.
Catherine Moyo also noted that people are using traditional methods such as steambaths, the use of garlic and ginger and recovering.
A pharmacist David Zhou said while it is interesting to note that traditional medicines are working "more research needs to be done into traditional medicines to determine the toxicity levels."
Sandra Karikoga noted with great concern the failure by people to use PPEs adding that myths about the virus must be demystified in order to curb the spread of the virus.
Michael Moore a health expert noted that preventative kits to boost the immune system is ideal as it has been noted that vitamin C and D deficiency is common in people.
He said nutrition alternatives such as ginger could be used as these are in the easy reach of people.
Dr Jane Riley a researcher said that there is need to ensure equal distribution of resources to Africa in order to ensure the continent handles the pandemic effectively.
She added that taking note of barriers such as age and culture among others will go a long way in addressing the problem.
Dr Joseph Dube also noted that there is need to collect as much data of what is on the ground as possible in order to remove the over reliance on data from such organizations as WHO which do not have all the data. He said this will also allow for Africans to tell their own story.
The researcher highlighted that because of the mutation of the virus which now sees it being airborne, the virus can last to about eight minutes in the air making it easy for anyone entering a contaminated room to be affected.