The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has now reached over 180,000 infections across all continents with a death toll of over 7000 people. Although, China and European countries are the most affected spots for the time being, that does not mean that we should not take necessary precautions here in Mauritius. The Mauritius Red Cross has taken necessary steps to begin a sensitization campaign via Social Media to create awareness concerning the outbreak across the planet, with tips on how we may protect ourselves from any forms of infections.
As the IFRC’s Director for Health and Care said at the beginning of the outbreak, “The threat of a coronavirus pandemic is real and cannot be underestimated. We are working with Red Cross Red Crescent Societies around the world to prepare and respond globally as the outbreak evolves. National Societies globally are trusted partners with long experience in preparing for and responding to diseases. With 13 million volunteers, we can play an important role in national and international response efforts against this novel coronavirus.”
As a responsible society inspired by the IFRC’s commitment to sensitize people around the world, the Mauritius Red Cross is doing the necessary to inform people in Mauritius. We are free from the outbreak for the time being, but we should be prepared for any possibility. We are hence relaying information from the IFRC, WHO and the Government of Mauritius to ensure the safety of the population.
We make an appeal to the general public to follow instructions from correct sources and avoid sharing fake news that may cause panic.
Mauritius Red Cross,