By ZBC Reporter
CABINET has directed all hospitals to admit patients without the pre-requirement for a prior COVID-19 test result and proceed to do a PCR test on admission while recruitment of nurses has commenced.
Briefing journalist in Harare on the outcome of Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, Women’s Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Cde Stembiso Nyoni said the Ministry of Health and Child Care has already directed all public and private health institutions to establish Patient-Under-Investigation (PUI) zones to ensure that no patients are turned away.
“In terms of preparedness, the nation is informed that Wilkins and United Bulawayo Hospitals (BUH) are now admitting mild to moderate cases.
“The recruitment of nursing staff is already underway. In the same vein, His Excellency the President has appealed to the striking nursing personnel to return to work such that the loss of lives can be minimized.
“In light of the spike in COVID-19 cases, the number of PCR tests done per week has doubled with the average tests per day standing at 1,130 as compared to 559 from the week ending 24 July 2020. Seventy-five (75) percent of the tests are being conducted by the public sector,” she said.
Cabinet also directed that food markets which are characterised by crowding to be restructured with closure at certain intervals to enhance fumigation as a precautionary measure.
“As a precautionary measure to curb the transmission of COVID-19 at food markets, which are characterized by crowding, poor sanitization and lack of reticulated water, Cabinet resolved as follows: (a) that the restructuring of the vegetable markets bays in line with COVID-19 protocols be done in all vegetable markets; (b) that markets operate a six-day-cycle with mandatory closure for disinfection on the seventh day; (c) that all vendors at stalls should exercise extreme precaution like the use of sanitisers and consistent hand-washing with soap and running water; and (d) that a targeted Information Education Campaign is conducted to promote a new-normal among traders and customers at these markets. Government will also come up with measures to be enforced in other places where people converge in large numbers,” she said.
Cabinet resolved to grant the Zimbabwe Mission in South Africa a special waiver during the COVID-19 pandemic period to clear the repatriation of undocumented Zimbabwean bodies for burial back home on the basis of submitted affidavits from the Chief/Village Head and relatives in Zimbabwe.
“Cabinet is appealing for responsible behaviour and calls on all social media users to desist from posting or peddling falsehoods on COVID-19 that may cause despondency and alarm in the nation. The public is reminded that the peddling of falsehoods is a punishable offence in terms of the COVID-19 regulations,” she said.
The operations of Mosi-Oa-Tunya Development Company which is an investment vehicle for Government in the development of tourism facilities in Victoria Falls came under discussion.
“It assisted in mobilizing resources for the development of infrastructure and facilities for the hosting of the 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly, with the initial focus being on the construction of an Integrated Tourism Resort comprising a 5000-seater Convention Centre as the anchor project. The 271-hectare piece of land earmarked for this development, which unfortunately failed to take off, has now been identified as the future growth node of Victoria Falls Town.
“To operationalise developments on the 271-hectare land, Mosi-Oa-Tunya has developed a Draft Concept Plan, which identifies the projects to be undertaken in the different zones as well as the infrastructure required to attract investment into the area. Preparations for a comprehensive Master Plan covering 1 200 hectares in the Masuwe Estate land area are being spearheaded by an Inter-Ministerial Committee of officials and ZIDA.To give impetus to the Victoria Falls tourist and investment Special Economic Zone, Cabinet resolved to expedite processes for the completion of the Master Plan for the whole of Victoria Falls,” she said.
By ZBC Reporter