GOVERNMENT has expressed disappointment at bar and restaurant owners that have continued to abrogate health guidelines amid increasing cases of COVID-19.
Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Technical Services Kennedy Malama has pointed out that the behaviour by some bar and restaurant owners is significantly contributing to COVOD-19 cases that are being recorded in the country.
Dr Malama has further showed that most people that have tested positive have a history of having attended social events or visited places such as bars.
“Your behaviour continues to endanger yourselves, as people who are patronising, your loved ones and your neighbours. This is an element of being selfishness to put yourselves at risk.
Because once you contract COVID-19 you have no control and other people close to you will contract the disease and the outcomes may not be the same, others may stand the infection, but there are those who may succumb from COVID-19,” he said.
Dr Malama indicated that it is important for all Zambians to remain conscious on how to manage social events by seeking advise from relevant authorities such as the Ministries of Health and Local Government to safely handle such occasions.
He added, “The more we comply as a country, the faster we get to control and prevent further transmission of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has announced that it will establish a COVID-19 laboratory at Mtendere Mission Hospital in Chirundu, Southern Province, to expedite testing in the border district.
Previously, the mission hospital which has now been upgraded to level two hospital has been transmitting COVID-19 samples to Lusaka.
And the Ministry of Local Government Minister Charles Banda has warned of stern action against bar and restaurant owners who will be caught breaking the COVID-19 guidelines.
“We understand that bars operate differently from a restaurant. The moment they (restaurants) departs from operating then they will be on the other side of the law. Let them not take advantage of the good well which has extended to them.
There is no new pronouncement to indicate that bars should open or that restaurants should now operate as bars. This is not correct and we will not allow such,” Dr Banda warned.