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Miner gets 66 workers vaccinated against Covid-19

Miner gets 66 workers vaccinated against Covid-19

Philimon Mokuele

Small-scale miner and Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) Matabeleland South Chairperson Philimon Mokuele in an endeavour to fight the Covid-19 pandemic has had workers vaccinated with more preparing to receive the Covid-19 jab.

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Leading by example, the Mat South Chairperson said 66 workers have already been vaccinated with 40 ready to receive the jab.

Mokuele also employed a health practitioner to manage World Health Organisation and the Ministry of Health and Child Care Covid-19 guidelines at his mine to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“I got 40 workers ready for the jab and 66 workers have already been vaccinated.

“As a leader in mat south province I personally to health Inspectors to test all the workers at my mine, fumigated all the offices, workers compound and stopped movement of all workers from the mine for two weeks, employed a nurse on part time basis to do sensitization daily at the mine, already preparing to invite vaccination team at the mine.” he said.

Mokuele was this year listed in our top ten exemplary small-scale miners of 2020.

Mokuele joins Henrietta Rushwaya to become the second high ranking ZMF official to publicly participate and encourage participation in the vaccination program.

Rushwaya earlier this year said it was of importance for miners to embrace the government vaccination program to prevent infections from Covid-19 third wave.

“Please kindly go to your nearest Health Centre and get vaccinated. Covid-19 is real and let us go and get inoculated. As Miners, we need to embrace this free gesture extended to us by our government,” Rushwaya said.

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Rushwaya received her first jab of Sinopharm’s Covid-19 vaccination at Borrowdale clinic and has continuously encouraged Artisanal and Small-scale Miners to bulletproof against the novel coronavirus.

About Covid-19

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people who fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment.

How Covid-19 Spreads

The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air and quickly fall on floors or surfaces.

You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose or mouth. COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.

Most common symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Tiredness

Less common symptoms:

  • Aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhoea
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • A rash on the skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes
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