TANZANIA: President Suluhu asks Bishops to Sensitize People on Covid-19


DAR ES SALAAM, JUNE 29, 2021(CISA)-President Samia Suluhu Hassan of the United Republic of Tanzania has invited Catholic Bishops and other religious leaders in the country to be part of Covid-19 sensitization initiatives.

“Dear Bishops, as you know the world is grappling with the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. I urge you and other religious leaders in the country to remind the faithful of the need to protect ourselves against it by adhering to the precautions given by the health professionals,” President Suluhu urged the Bishops of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) at their headquarters in Kurasini, Dar es Salaam on June 25.

“Let me assure you that this matter still exists and we must not give up. I ask you, the religious leaders to speak out loud to your believers in order to avoid mass deaths in the country. We should also ask God to spare us from this tragedy,” the president said.

President Samia Suluhu has formed a committee of experts to advise the government on how to deal with the pandemic.  The team handed in its report recommending release of data on infections and deaths to give Tanzanians and the world a clear picture of the impact of the pandemic, vaccination and implementation of preventive measures.

Tanzania has since expressed its interest in joining Covax, the global vaccine-sharing facility, warning Tanzanians of a possible third wave of Covid-19.