UCE and Bulawayo Polytechnic identified as quarantine centres

By Zbc Reporter
As part of efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, more centres to house returning citizens have been identified in Bulawayo for quarantine purposes.
With the need to quarantine all returning citizens and deportees for 21 days, the demand for space with the mind of maintaining acceptable sanitary conditions has arose especially with more numbers still expected.
Currently, Plumtree High School has been accommodating a total of 311 deportees and returnees from Botswana that include 200 male adults, 100 female adults and 11 children.
The Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, Honourable Judith Ncube has therefore appealed for assistance from well-wishers to ensure the quarantine centres are fully stocked with necessary requirements.
‘We anticipate that we will continue to receive returning Zimbabweans as time goes on. Tomorrow, we are expecting 154 more people. 25 of these are children. As the numbers increase, we wish to take this time to appeal for assistance from the Bulawayo community for various items like food, blankets, sanitary wears, masks, cleaning gloves, fumigation of premises against mosquitoes, toiletries, pampers for young children to cater for these returning citizens who will be accommodated at UCE, Bulawayo Polytechnic and other places,’ says Hon Judith Ncube, Bulawayo Metropolitan Province Minister of State
Turning to the issue of testing that has been decentralised to Mpilo Hospital and the latest confirmed positive cases in the city, Minister Ncube called upon residents to fully adhere to the guidelines that have been rolled out by the Government.
‘This is crucial in our efforts because it means that we can screen much quicker and respond accordingly to quarantine, contain and hospitalise where necessary to minimise the loss of lives. We are very happy with this development. Lastly, I would like to appeal to all of us to stay at home, practise social distancing and good hygiene practices. This is critical for our survival and our own personal responsibility,’ said Hon Judith Ncube.
Adhering to the laid down practices has been described as the only chance the world has to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic with Zimbabwean citizens being implored not to wait till it is too late to start acting.
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