By Zbc Reporter
Renovation of isolation centres in Gwanda is expected to be complete by the end of the week.
This came out during a tour of the COVID-19 -facilities by the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Abednico Ncube this Monday.
Gwanda Provincial hospital and Phakama clinic, which have been designated as isolation centres in the town have been undergoing renovations since last week thanks to funding from the government, mining companies and the local community.
The Minister of State for Matabeleland South Province, Abednico Ncube took time this Monday to assess progress made so far in sprucing up the two isolation facilities, which will have a bed capacity of 41.
In an interview with the ZBC News, Acting District Medical Officer, Dr Blessed Gwarimbo said the hospital’s main ward will for now accommodate Covid-19 cases, as they await renovation work to be completed this week.
“So far, we have opened a temporary isolation centre in the main ward. Currently, we have a capacity of 16 beds at Gwanda provincial but we would have wanted 48 beds. We are however looking at accommodating about 48 people here at Phakama although this is a district isolation centre.”
Mining companies that include Blanket mine, Vumbachikwe and Pretoria Portland Cement have also made commitments to equip the isolation units.
The district COVID-19 infrastructure sub-committee revealed that they are also seized with renovating quarantine centres in the town although the shortage of various materials is impeding progress.
“Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo has a capacity of 50 beds while DDF will accommodate 24 people. The challenges that we are facing is the shortage of materials since suppliers have been affected by the lockdown,“ said Patson Mataruse – Gwanda COVID -19 Infrastructure Sub -Committee.
Minister Ncube urged its citizenry to play their part in containing the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We want to encourage everyone to adhere to the guidelines that we have been given by health experts. We also urge the police to deal with those who are illegally crossing the border as they are putting us at risk,” said Matabeleland south’s minister of state for provincial affairs Cde Abednico Ncube.
With all efforts are being made to curb the spread of Covid-19 concern has been raised over some people who using unofficial points to move in and out of the country.
By Zbc Reporter