Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
PHILANHROPIST, music promoter and medical practitioner, Dr Johannes Marisa, reckons celebrities can play a leading role in the enforcement of Government policies.
The 39-year-old said this as Government recently announced a 30-day lockdown to curb the spread of the second wave of Covid-19 cases.
Dr Marisa who has been working closely with celebrities ranging from musicians, film-makers, actors and even dancers, said it was high time everyone takes full responsibility.
“Some of us we are on the ground dealing with such cases of Covid-19 but we were concerned that most people in ghettos like Kuwadzana, Mufakose and DZ were not taking heed of the new surge in such cases.
“I’m warning people that this various is very dangerous and upon suspecting symptoms, we need to visit medical centres if you suffers from headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, chest pains,” he said.
Dr Marisa, who doubles as the Medical and Dental Private Practitioners of Zimbabwe Association chairperson, added:
“As we experience a surge in new infections, we urge Government to set up testing centres in ghettos and other high density because many people always defy Government restrictions.
“People in high density suburbs are reckless and they only take action when one gets ill or when they have real evidence.
“On that night, I will continue urging Government to take a leading and ensure our people in ghettos are tested because we are living dangerous.”
Dr Marisa, whose association has helped a number of less privileged celebrities comprising the late veteran actor Lazarus “Gringo” Boora who died at his hospital, has vowed to use his influence to change the people’s mindset.
He has also been holding numerous campaigns with a number of celebrities in health related matters like diabetic, TB, HIV and even STIs.
With the lethal coronavirus claiming many people, Dr Marisa who happens to be on the ground believes in combined efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.