Mchinji District Health Office (DHO) has urged bicycle and motorcycle taxi (kabaza) operators to observe Covid-19 preventive measures, especially following the reopening of schools.
Mchinji DHO health promotion officer Owen Chataika said this on Monday during a meeting with kabaza operators at Mudziwathu Community Radio Station offices in the district.
“Most learners use kabaza for transport to school. So, the operators should wear face masks, keep hand-washing facilities and sanitisers to protect learners from the disease,” he said.
In his remarks, Andsen Cosmos, a kabaza operator, said they will observe Covid-19 preventive measures to protect their customers, including learners.
He said: “When school is in session, most of our customers are learners.
“So, we will disinfect the kabaza seats before taking our clients on a ride,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mchinji district education desk officer Janet Mkukumira said schools continue to observe Covid-19 preventive measures.
“We disinfected schools before reopening. Besides, learners and teachers wear masks in class and outside,” she said.
About 9 377 candidates are expected to sit for Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations this year in Mchinji.
Mudziwathu Community Radio Station is running a K15 million USaid-funded Health Communication for Life Project aimed at promoting Covid-19 preventive measures in the district.
Ministry of Education reopened schools last Monday for examination classes in primary and secondary schools and final year students in colleges and universities.
Schools were closed in March this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.