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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 10:13 - Updated Tue, 30 Jun 2020 10:13

Covid-19: MPs slam religious sects for distorting preventive measures

Huambo - Ruling MPLA party MPS Monday in central Huambo province strongly slammed religious sects for distorting covid-19 preventive measures in the communities at a time the infections show a rising trend in the country.

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MPs visit health facilities in Huambo province

Photo: Aurelio Janeiro Sacalei Soi

The stand was expressed by the coordinator of the parliament’s central highlands constituency, Armando Capunda, at the end of a visit to health facilities and the local headquarters of the Benguela Railway.

Speaking to journalists, the MP called on representatives of religious sects to refrain from telling their followers to refuse to wear face masks and other covid-19 infection preventive items.

Armando Capunda said there are people going to informal markets, stores and other public places without wearing face masks and other individual protection items, arguing that “God will protect”.

He also appealed to people to comply with the health authorities’ recommendations concerning the measures to protect against the deadly coronavirus infection.

The MP that also visited institutional quarantine centres urged Huambo authorities to reinforce the personnel handling the maintenance of equipment and hygiene items.

For his part, the head of Huambo health services, Lucas António Nhamba, said there are currently 131 people in institutional and home quarantine in the province.

He added Huambo is being served by a staff of 1,500 specialists to handle possible cases of covid-19, including 200 volunteer nurses and healthcare finalists students and teachers.

With a population of 2.5 million inhabitants in 11 municipalities, Huambo province health service is served by 248 medical doctors, 3,639 nurses, 467 diagnose specialists and 825 administrative workers.

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