The government has said the medical personnel were doing a tremendous job which was appreciated but the need for them to be paid allowances for fighting COVID-19 should not override the need for them to save lives.
“When people got to work as doctors, as nurses or when they work in the lab, it is because they have decided to join a profession and they joined this profession because they feel so passionate that they want to save people’s lives. I do recall that the Minister of Health and the President have mentioned that look, these people are going beyond duty because of Coronavirus and that they should be recognised and pay them their allowances. And I am sure that the Minister of Heath is working very hard to ensure that this is done. But the priority is to remember that they have jobs which they get paid for all the time because this is the profession they chose and they made an oath that they are going to save lives. And the rest of the society are indebted to them because they are brave to get into a profession where they have to deal with saving people’s lives,” chief government spokesperson Ms. Dora Siliya said on Monday during a special programme on Radio Phoenix.
And Ms. Siliya said even if she has no school-going child, she is still scared about schools reopening but noted that learning institutions would in fact provide much safer and controlled environments for the children.
“People are scared to go to the office, people are afraid to go to the market, people are afraid to go to the shops but government is saying look, there have been such disruptions. We can’t hide in bunkers, we don’t know if this disease is going to be with us for three months, for six months, for one or two years. Are we going to keep children at home for two years? What government is saying is that let us try to find a way for us to try to get our children back at school,” Ms. Siliya said.
“This is why the President has said let us begin with examination classes alone. It is not anybody’s fault this disease has found us, we just have to work around it. But what government wants to achieve is that examination classes are not disrupted and they can write their examinations at the end of this year even if it means once they start, they can go all the way until exam time,” she ended.
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