The Centre for Trade Policy and Development has called for more support towards schools in rural areas to ensure preparedness, prevention and control of COVID-19 Pandemic as Schools reopens next month.

CTPD Executive Director Isaac Mwaipopo is concerned that following President Edgar Lungu’s directive for schools to reopen on 1st June , 2020, some schools especially those for special needs do not have the basic facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Speaking when CTPD with support from Oxfam Zambia donated assorted safety amenities such as masks, hand sanitizers , washing dishes and posters at Maamba special needs school in Southern Province, Mr. Mwaipopo called on the mining companies to support the host communities through provision of facilities that will to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 .

Mr. Mwaipopo also urged manufacturers that are producing hand washing facilities to modify them in a way that will help cater for children with special needs.

And Maamba Special Needs School Deputy Head Mistress Misozi Kabunda commended CTPD and OXFAM Zambia for the donation stating that it will go a long way in maintaining safe school operations and prevent the spread of the virus.

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