Violeth Kazumba. Tanzania



Violeth Kazumba is working in the Water Supply and Sanitation Authority in Tanzania. She was a benefiary of African Women Foundation scholarship at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where she studied a Master’s Degree in Inland Water Quality Assessment.

There is a big fear of people from one and another

Violeth Kazumba TanzaniaAs it is well known that the corona virus has been affecting the entire world and causing many deaths within very short time of its existence. In only a few months, the corona virus pandemic has upended the daily lives of people around the world. For instance, for Americans, the economic impact of the virus has led to new categorizations of “essential” workers, a large-scale move to remote work and skyrocketing unemployment that is expected to continue increasing.

Tanzania is one among the countries that have been affected by the pandemic. The first case was confirmed on 16th march and currently more than five hundred cases and more than fifty deaths are reported.

The authorities are trying their best to train and making awareness to the citizens on the means and measures to prevent the expansion of this rapid pandemic. (At the end of this article you will find the measures decided by the Government)

In Tanzania, the political and health authorities face this situation in an efficient and honest way trying not to stress people much but increasing awareness and commitment in taking safety measures.

The population as well as economic development of the country is being hastily affected since the flow of money is very slow. People are not free going outside for their daily economic activities, some offices, schools and universities are closed and there is very low business movement inside and outside the country.

Working from home

A business man was coated at a certain place saying “This disease is very bad; I am losing my customers very fast. I depend on selling food to pay my rent and feed my family. I don’t know how I will survive if people don’t come to buy because of this corona virus”. And amid stay-at-home orders across the country,

In some offices workers have ditched their daily commutes to work from dining room tables, couches and beds in their own homes. Many may find themselves in this situation for the long haul, as businesses struggle to find a path forward while restrictions slowly lift.

Medicines made from natural plants

Life is not normal at all, we are living in a closed bottle as no free movement, a big fear of people from one and another. In short our daily normal routine of living is totally distressed.

Different medicines made from natural plants have been mentioned to be curing the corona virus. The mentioned ones are lemons, ginger, garlic, eucalyptus leaves, guava leaves and more as can be seen in the figure.


Tradition medicine said to be curing Covid-19. Different leaves that are mixed and taken as a juice or  boiled.  The leaves are boiled to the maximum temperature and the stem is taken through the mouth by full covering using the sheets. People trying to create a chamber that can help taking the stem from the boiled leaves

The measures being taken are:

  • Regularly and thoroughly cleaning of hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water to kill viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Maintaining at least 1meter distance between one people to another.
  • Avoiding going to crowded places to reduce the possibility of meeting the COVID-19 affected people
  • Avoid touching of eyes, nose and mouth because hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth in which the virus can enter your body and infect you.
  • Following good respiratory hygiene by covering the mouth and nose with bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Staying home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms such as cough, headache and mild fever.
  • Seeking medical attention soon when feeling the symptoms of fever, cough and difficulty breathing
  • Keeping up to date on the latest information from trusted sources, such as WHO or local and national health authorities.

Translated by Paola Fourcaud


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