- “Do not take your mask off when talking to people regardless of who they are. Protect yourself, protect your family, protect your friends, protect your colleagues, protect us all and help stop the spread of Covid-19.”
LANDS, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Deputy Minister Vangelis Peter Haritatos says “the last few weeks have been the toughest in my life” adding God had saved his life and given him the strength to overcome Covid-19.
As reported by Zim Morning Post on August 4, 2020, Haritatos was among a host of senior officials in the ministry who went into self-isolation after being in contact with the late minister Perrence Shiri who succumbed to the deadly Covid-19 virus.
“The last few weeks have been the toughest in my life. I thank God for saving me and giving me the strength to fight an evil virus that has ravaged the world over,” Haritatos wrote on his Facebook page on August 21.
“After His Excellency President Mnangagwa announced that the late National Hero Honourable Minister Shiri had passed on from Covid-19, I decided to put myself into self-isolation, a decision that I made for the safety and security of all those who work with me and my family. Sadly, I too tested positive for the Covid-19 virus,” Haritatos added.
The 34-year-old Member of Parliament for Muzvezve in Mashonaland West, said it was not “an easy fight to overcome but I thank God for blessing me with the family that I have.”
“My beautiful wife and pillar of strength nursed me from the start. She ensured that I ate, took my medication, continuously hydrated, and most importantly that I stayed in a positive state of mind. My children, although afraid, never once showed me their fear, but instead would make sure that they remained strong for their daddy. My parents, mother-in-law, brother, sister, and brothers-in-law were superb in providing the support when I most needed it,” he continued.
“My 76 year old amazing father continued to run the businesses alongside my supportive mother without a hiccup or challenge.”
At least 800 000 people have succumbed to Covid-19 globally. More than 23 million people have been infected while more than 14 million have recovered.
Zimbabwe has recorded more than 5 800 cases and 153 deaths and 4 629 people have recovered.
“To fight the evil virus, I took Zithromax, Vitamins B, C, D, and Zinc. Even now I still take all my Vitamins and Zinc daily,” Haritatos said.
“Fortunately I tested negative 2 weeks ago today and started work at the Ministry on Monday. I am still quite weak, and this gets worse as the day progresses. The virus feels like something evil has entered your body. I knew exactly when it left my body when it did.”
He urged Zimbabweans to fight Covid-19 by following the guidelines set by Government which are in line with World Health Organisation provisions.
“I followed everything to the comma and full stop, but I made one mistake, and that one mistake resulted in me contracting the virus. All it takes is one simple mistake, so you should be extra careful and do not take anything for granted,” Haritatos said.
“Before I got sick I heard the saying that treat everyone as a potential threat, and that is exactly the case when it comes to this deadly virus. Do not take your mask off when talking to people regardless of who they are. Protect yourself, protect your family, protect your friends, protect your colleagues, protect us all and help stop the spread of Covid-19.“