…government accelerates construction of isolation centers in rural Midlands
GOKWE: Amid a decrease in the number of COVID-19 infections in the past week, Cabinet yesterday hinted that Midlands Province is currently experiencing another surge.
The recent post cabinet briefing says there has been a 42% decrease in reported cases.
“Cabinet noted that the number of infections decreased slightly during the week under review with 6 781 cases recorded, compared to 11 652 reported the previous week. This reflected a 42% decrease and indicated that the infection prevention and control measures are yielding results,” Cabinet wrote in a Post Cabinet briefing statement.
Cabinet however noted that Midlands Province remains an area of concern.
“The only exception is Midlands Province which is experiencing another surge. Concerted efforts will be made to address the situation in that province as well as in other known hotspots,” further reads the brief.
Government has however accelerated construction of COVID-19 isolation and treatment centers in rural Midlands.
Gokwe has however taken the lead as it is looking forward to opening it’s COVID-19 isolation and treatment center next week.
Gokwe District Medical Officer Dr Noah Chiridza has confirmed the development.
“We are just finalising the fitting of oxygen pipes so that we start cleaning as all the other works are now done as you can see. We intend to open this facility by this coming Monday latest. I am glad to announce that all the bedding and oxygen tanks as well as ICU equipment has since been bought and what is left is just mounting but I can safely say we are good to go,” Dr Chiridza said.
Midlands Province COVID-19 taskforce chairperson who is also Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Sen Larry Mavhima also said the development would be complimented with a consignment of vaccines.
“I would like to thank our health personnel for their dedication to duty. As a government under the able leadership of President Emerson Mnangagwa, we will thrive to see that everyone is well taken care of. I have heard that there is a massive demand for COVID-19 vaccine this side. Let me assure you that more vaccines are on the way as we have since procured the vaccines,” Sen Mavhima said.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for National Security, who also hails from Gokwe has already handed over a donation of blankets and other consignments needed for the smooth operation of the isolation and treatment center.