THE Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Constantino Chiwenga has officially opened the Kwekwe Infectious Disease Hospital which will cater for all infectious diseases except COVID-19.
By Patricia Mashiri
Speaking during the official opening, Vice President Chiwenga commended the city of Kwekwe’s leadership for constructing the infectious disease hospital.
Let me hasten to underscore that this facility will not cater for COVID-19 patients, but all other infectious diseases that the Kwekwe community would suffer from. To the City of Kwekwe, I also want to recognize the financial and human capital that I’m reliably informed you contributed towards this noble project.
“Other than the construction and upgrading of the isolation Disease Hospital that we are officially opening today, other strategies that have been rolled out to combat COVID-19 include the establishment of the National COVID-19 taskforce which is now committee under chaired by Ministry of Health, provision of vaccines, provision of medicines and PPEs and National COVID-19- guidelines which are based on World Health Organization COVID-19 protocols,” He said.
The Vice President added that the government needed a special mention in the for their efforts in the fight against COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Senator Larry Mavima, Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Midlands the Midlands Province has been working flat out to to implement the COVID-19 protocols to curb the spread of the deadly disease.
“We also have achieved the following health related projects completion and commissioning of a state of Art escalated COVID-19 care unit at Gweru Provincial Hospital courtesy of the Government of Zimbabwe funding and support from Unki mines, refurbishment of the IDH in Gweru City and also through GOZ funding and support from MIMOSA mines.
“Conversion of male wards at Kwekwe General Hospital and Gokwe South District Hospital into COVID-19 complaint ward. Completion and commission by HE of the Zvishavane private ward fully funded by MIMOSA Mines and opening of What a clinic in Chirumanzu district which was constructed through GOZ devolution funds,” Senator Mavima said.