“Voz da Comunidade” helps people with Covid-19 symptoms overcome fear of going to health
A recent surge in Covid-19 cases in Maputo City and Maputo province, following the September 5-7 long weekend, has led to renewed concern about potentially out-of-control community spread of the coronavirus. “We are continuing our Covid-19 information campaign as before, but we do think that people have started to let their guard down to some extent,” says Sergio Chusane, h2n executive director. “Any surge in cases is of course unfortunate, but at least we hope it will have an effect in terms of reminding people about the risks and the means of prevention.”
At RC Xinavane in Maniça district, community radio reporters continue to provide Covid-19 information to their listeners. “I had high fever but I was afraid of going to the health center because I heard rumors that people with Covid symptoms were placed in isolation centers,” says Laila Bondzela, a resident in the district (picture). Laila explains: “I listened to the program Voz da Comunidade, where they talked about the difference between the flu and Covid and explained that not all patients are placed in isolation. I realized that I should go to the health center and be treated, and if I had the coronavirus, I would be treated. I had the common flu, and I am better now thanks to the medicines I got. If we are sick, we need to go to the health center. We cannot stay at home for fear of being infected by Covid.”
h2n, which is primarily supported by Norway, works extensively with community radios, produces community videos, broadcasts the “Saude e Vida” television program on health and wellness, facilitates youth engagement hubs and pursues a rapidly expanding gender equality agenda.