TelOne moves to alleviate PPE shortage at Chikurubi Maximum Prison

TelOne has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth ZWL$300 000 to Chikurubi Maximum Prison in a move to alleviate PPE shortage at the country’s biggest prison in light of the increased COVID19 transmissions.

By Staff Reporter

The timely donation which includes hand sanitisers and washable face masks for in-mates was handed over to Zimbabwe Prisons & Correctional Services (ZPCS) health services director Senior Assistant Commissioner Dr. Evidence Gaka at Chikurubi Maximum Prison on Friday this week.

The donated items are: 1500 washable masks, 250 surgical masks, 100 heavy duty aprons, 170 Litres of disinfectants, 100 overalls, 100 Goggles 45 boxes of hand sanitisers & 15 boxes hand gloves. The PPE donation will service the Chikurubi Maximum Prison inmates and the Prison clinic staff.

TelOne Corporate Communications Head Mrs Melody Harry said the donation is part of TelOne’s extended intervention to support the Government COVID19 Response.

Our donation is part of our extended intervention to support Government’s COVID19 response. As an organisation we are always ready to assist in emerging community needs. Under our Corporate Social Investment programming we deliberately assist the vulnerable in our communities. As COVID19 cases increase it is noble for us to assist with PPE for in-mates aswell as staff which services the Chikurubi Maximum Prison clinic,” Harry said.

TelOne’s CSI focuses on the following pillars as guided by the Sustainable Development Agenda; Health, Education, Environment, Social Welfare & Girls Empowerment.

The Chikurubi donation is under the Health pillar. ZPCS Health Services Director Senior Assistant Commisioner Dr. Evidence Gaka who accepted the donation on behalf of his organisation said PPE remains a critical need as each day there are new inmates thus putting pressure on their resources.

“This gesture is critical as it helps us to ensure that all inmates including the new entrants are safe. It also helps ensure staff safety if they have to handle an unwell inmate”, he said.

Gaka said Chikurubi maximum Prisons has different people coming in the prison from courts and staff who also travel to come to work as such making the risk of contracting the virus high.

TelOne has always been proactive in assisting Government to combat COVID19. Last year the company in partnership with NetOne availed a joint COVID 19 response support facility to the tune of ZWL$10million.  Specific areas that were funded were both for immediate COVID 19 response needs and long-term improvement in key areas namely;

  1. Infrastructure Development through supporting the refurbishment and adoption of ward at three hospitals: Sally Mugabe Hospital, Mpilo Hospital and Beatrice Infectious Diseases Hospital
  2. Medical Equipment including ICU and ward care beds, bedside lockers and other ward furniture as well as suction machines, oxygen tanks, nebulisers and patient monitors.
  3. Water reticulation through drilling and full installation of 3 boreholes at the three Hospitals.

A donation of consumables was also made and these included FFP2 masks, N95 masks, dromex goggles, medium duty aprons, chemical overalls, cotton disposable overalls, glass face screens and an assortment of sanitisers and disinfectants.

TelOne is committed to assist the community it operates in and will continue to find ways to assist communities through its Corporate Social Investment.

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