Monitoring Government Responses to Covid-19: Long Term Observers’ Report Number 9

The latest edition of ZESN’s report on monitoring government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic gives an overview of how the health sector has coped under pressure as well as political activities during this trying period. Read on to get more.


This report covers developments that occurred in the first two weeks of November 2021, as reported by ZESN LTOs. ZESN hopes that the report will complement the information available for use in the development and reinforcement of strategies aimed at safeguarding the health of citizens in the midst ofthe COVID- 19 pandemic. Further ZESN envisages that the report will also provide key electoral stakeholders with information on the political and electoral developments in the country.

Impact of Covid-19 on the health sector

LTOs reported that local health facilities were offering services in their constituencies. However, understaffing and shortages of medication at local health facilities were reported in some constituencies, including Nkayi South and Glen View North, and Glen View South. In general, LTOs’ reports indicated that women were able to access antenatal and postnatal treatment locally. However, there were reports of the shortage of midwives at Highfield Polyclinic in Highfield East Constituency in Harare.

Political party activities during lockdown

Both opposition and governing party were reported to be conducting various campaign activities during the reporting period. ZANU-PF meetings and voter education activities on voter registration were reported in Harare East Constituency. ZANU-PF meetings were also reported in Goromonzi West Constituency. Efforts by political parties to encourage their supporters to register to vote were also reported in Masvingo West.

Read the full report here (424KB PDF)

Source: Zimbabwe Election Support Network

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