COVID-19: Mashava hospital named as new isolation centre

By Josephine Mugiyo
THE Masvingo Provincial Covid-19 taskforce team is on a drive to mobilise more resources as they work on the refurbishment of Mashava hospital which has been added to the list of isolation centres in the province.
Rujeko clinic in Masvingo city had been identified as the provincial isolation Centre for Covid-19, with refurbishment work at the institution almost complete.
Concerns were however raised on the limited number of patients it can accommodate which saw Mashava hospital at the great Zimbabwe university campus becoming the second isolation Centre.
Mines and mining development minister, Cde Winston Chitando who is also a member of the inter-ministerial taskforce seconded to work with the Masvingo team visited the medical institution this weekend.
He said while the province will be allocated some resources at the National level, there is a need to continue mobilising local supplies.
“My visit today takes a different dimension, from the time I came last take and today there has been a development to have this hospital as the major isolation and ICU centre. But now there is a new development and this facility has been designated as the ICU centre and major isolation centre . It has the capacity to have over 200 patients. Obviously, since it’s a new development there is a need for new equipment and ventilators but the starting point is there,” he said.
Minister Chitando said the inter-ministerial taskforce will work on capacitating Great Zimbabwe University which is currently facing resource constraints to produce more protective personal equipment after health personnel raised concern over limited PPEs.“The production of PPE at the GZU is not at optimal capacity due to resource constraints. I will raise the issue with my colleagues, to ensure that they are capacitated. The whole idea is to produce as much as we can locally,” he said.
Expectations are that Mashava hospital will be ready to take in patients in the next two weeks.