Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan has formed a committee of experts that will advise her on the status of COVID-19 in the country and the necessary steps to take.
President Hassan called on religious leaders to preach on the disease in order for worshippers to take precautionary measures as advised by health experts.
The country’s Ministry of Health has listed washing hands with soap and running water, using sanitizers, maintaining social distancing and wearing face masks in and outside places of worship.
President Hassan made the remarks in Dodoma during a national conference organized by religious leaders to remember former President John Magufuli and pray for new leaders including herself and her Zanzibar counterpart, Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi.
The President noted that the disease has been evolving and that new variants have been reported in many parts of the world.
“As I promised during the swearing-in of the permanent secretaries and their deputies, I have already formed a committee. I’m expecting to meet its members and representatives of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance and Planning in the near future in order to establish the way forward,” she said.
President Hassan noted that though the magnitude of the disease isn’t huge it is inappropriate to completely dismiss its presence in the country.
“Let me promise that I will frequently provide new updates on the disease from the committee in order to save the country from losing significant manpower and protect those in danger of contracting the disease,” said the Head of State.
President Hassan’s change of tact, goes against the hardline stance her predecessor the late President John Magufuli had on the management of the COVID-19 pandemic before his demise.