US Ambassador to Tanzania Donald Wright has said the new Covid-19 Variant has arrived in the country.
In a statement on Covid-19 situation in Tanzania on Friday, Ambassador Wright said the new variants of the virus have caused another more intense wave of infections across the world, including Africa.
Wright, however, said he is encouraged by the country’s Ministry of Health acknowledging Covid-19 as a public health priority in Tanzania and urging citizens to take basic precautions: such as avoiding crowds, wearing masks, and social distancing.
“This is good advice and I urge everyone to follow it,” Wright said.
The Tanzanian government has disregarded Covid-19 prevention protocols, with President John Magufuli insisting that they had prayed it away.
It has also not reported Covid-19 statistics since May 2020.
In this regard, the US envoy said “it is critical to collect and report information about testing and cases” as a toll of controlling the pandemic.
“That’s why it is so important for all governments to share accurate and timely information about the number of cases in their countries to the World Health Organization.”
“Sharing this information reassures citizens that their governments are fighting to protect their health and their livelihoods. Furthermore, such reporting allows researchers and scientists to better track the disease and prevent unnecessary deaths – both nationally and regionally,” Ambassador Wright said.
Recent steps by the government to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Tanzania are welcome, but we need to go further. Read my full statement here: https://t.co/LQEVh3MzBX
or watch the video below. https://t.co/QzyglaVdA1
— Ambassador Donald J. Wright (@USAmbTanzania) February 26, 2021
He also called for the vaccination of the people of Tanzania.
While African countries are making plans to acquire Covid-19, Tanzania and Burundi have said they don’t need the jabs.
“As our new Secretary of State Tony Blinken stated, “Until everyone in the world is vaccinated, then no-one is really fully safe.” Vaccines have helped eradicate some of the worst diseases on earth, and there is no doubt that a mass immunisation campaign will save lives,” Wright said.
He pleaded with all Tanzanians to join in supporting Covid-19 measures to protect each other because as a doctor by profession who has worked for over 30 years in the public health sector, the health measures work.
WHO has also said the situation in Tanzania is very concerning.
Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus in a statement on February 20, also renewed his call for Tanzania to start reporting Covid-19 cases and share data.