GWERU – Midlands Province has cleared quarantine centers of returnees as government readies receiving final year tertiary students CommuTalk has learnt.
Confirming the development to CommuTalk, Minister of State for Midlands Provincial Affairs who doubles as Covid-19 Provincial Taskforce chairperson Larry Mavhima said the Province is now making use of the Kwekwe and Dayadaya quarantine centers.
“We have since cleared the Mkoba Teacher’s College and Gweru Plotechnic College quarantine centers in preparation for schools opening. Both facilities have been disinfected towards the schools opening development as well.
“The province will now use the Kwekwe and Dayadaya quarantine centers and they have enough space and standards for returnees to meet Covid-19 related prevention measures,” Mavhima said.
Quarantine centers have of late been accused of being overcrowded with government being tasked by the High Court last week to improve living conditions within the centers following an urgent court application by the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR).
Minister Mavhima however said though the doctors had won the court case, they had no evidence to their claims.
“All accusations are utter rubbish. Court processes are good as they advance democracy but for one to make such claims, they need evidence to their submissions because their allegations are totally different from what is on ground.
“As I said, statistics I have don’t translate to overcrowding either. Kwekwe and Dayadaya are our current active quarantine centers with 50 and 68 returnees respectively against a holding capacity of 150 and 200 each,” Mavhima added.
Allegations in the filled affidavit by ZADHR, Mkoba Teacher’s College included as an affected quarantine center, included overcrowding, no running water and lack of frequent disinfecting exposing returnees to Covid-19.
Meanwhile, Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) in Masvingo has started receiving final year students.