Outbreak a wake up call

Livelihood affected to a certain extent

27 July 2020 | Economics

Being cattle country and depending mostly on auctions, it has affected us because we cannot have too many people at an auction. Pijoo Nganate, Governor: Omaheke region

Omaheke regional governor Pijoo Nganate is of the view that despite the effects of the coronavirus on individuals and its threat to life, the virus has awakened people to a degree that they are now doing things according to what is termed as the new normal.

The governor made this remark while delivering the regional update on Covid-19 through the Covid-19 Communication Centre, where he further stated that the region has not recorded any cases.

“However, we do have five people in isolation who were transferred from Botswana but they are not from the Omaheke region,” Nganate said.

He further said though the region is fortunate to not have recorded Covid-19 cases as yet, the livelihood of its inhabitants has been affected to a certain extent.

“Being cattle country and depending mostly on auctions, it has affected us because we cannot have too many people at an auction, so basically it has affected the livelihood because cattle are now being offered at a lower scale than before. The prices of animals have also gone up because not many animals are being sold, so the buyers are running after the few cattle that are there,” he elaborated.

The governor further mentioned the difficulties faced by the region during the past three stages of the state of emergency, saying one of the challenges was that people keep attending family events in big numbers despite the prohibition on large gatherings, which poses a challenge.

Equally he noted that he was pleased that the issues of keeping a register, temperature screening, wearing of masks and sanitising of hands are generally adhered to.

Additionally, Nganate lauded the government, local authorities, traditional leaders and local business owners and farmers for their joint interventions to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, noting that it is a time of solidarity, and individuals are now realising the needs of the next person and also realising that everyone is interdependent.

“For the first time we could handle government as one government and it has also awakened us as politicians and those of us who have been elected and appointed into positions to really do things the unusual way and to make sure that services are brought to the people timeously,” said Nganate. - Nampa