By ZBC Reporter
FOLLOWING the increased numbers of Covid-19 cases in the country, the National Taskforce on Covid-19 says the government has stepped up response measures with security at border areas and quarantine centres being boosted while procurement of additional PCR testing equipment and materials remains high on the budget priority.
This was said by the District Development Coordinator for Mutasa, Tendai Kapenzi representing Minister Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri who is the Vice-Chairperson of the COVID-19 National Taskforce during the donation of an assortment of products for clinics and hospitals rehabilitation by GreenFuel at Old Mutare hospital.
“Following reports of people escaping from quarantine centres, the taskforce force has boosted security while police are working with traditional and local leadership to report any known returnees that may have run away from the centres. Cabinet agreed that Taskforce procures additional PCR testing equipment and materials. Funding priorities also include the construction of border roads, procurement of drones and other related technical equipment in order to enable enforcement agents to monitor the country’s borders effectively,” said Mutasa.
Speaking on the same occasion Manicaland Provincial Medical Director Dr Simon Nyakundu thanked Green Fuel for partnering government in providing response assistance while Green Fuel representative retired Colonel Robson Matonhodze assured his company’s continued support in order for the country to pull through the deadly pandemic.
“We want to thank Green Fuel for the donations. The recording of more cases means that there is a need for more isolation centres. The materials here are part o the donation while other materials have already been distributed to other centres in Mutasa district. We managed to bring material worth ZIM $100 000 to assist to construct and renovation of isolation centres. We will also continue to provide sanitizers needed to curb the spread of COVID -19,” he said.
Meanwhile, the government says it will continue to implement science-based interventions in shaping response programming that is in line with World Health Organization guidelines.
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By ZBC Reporter