Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Dora Siliya has advised the general citizenry to abide by the guidelines stipulated by the Ministry of Health in order to avoid transmission of the COVID-19.

Ms Siliya says citizens should wash their hands regularly, avoid close contact, maintain social distancing, and reduce hours of social gatherings among others.

She said this during a special interview on the Zambia National Broadcasting Cooperation (ZNBC) television in Lusaka today.

Ms Siliya who is also Chief Government Spokesperson said the fight against the coronavirus is not for government alone but citizens should also play a role by adhering to the recommended guidelines by the authority.

The Minister stated that government has taken a multi sectoral approach by engaging various sectors of society to ensure compliance by all, in the fight against the coronavirus.

She explained that a lock down in the country would be the last resort, as it will have a detrimental effect on the economy of the country as well as its citizens.

Ms Siliya however expressed gratitude to the various cooperating partners who have come on board to fight the pandemic.

She also thanked President Lungu for allowing a contingency fund put in place, in order to fight further transmission of the virus in the country.

But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.