Saturday, September 18, 2021

Chibi Turn Off, a potential coronavirus hotspot

Chivi Road

….Chivi District Hospital has 12 gloves, 15 masks

TellZim Reporter

The many cross-border truck
drivers that stop at Chibi Turn Off business centre to rest and pick up sex
workers are aggravating the district’s vulnerability to the dreaded coronavirus, a legislator has warned.
Chivi Central Member of Parliament
(MP) Ephraem Gwanongodza made the remarks while making a contribution during a
recent visit to Masvingo by members of the national Covid-19 taskforce led by
Mines and Mining Development minister Winston Chitando.
“Businesses there might be closed
for much of the day, but truck drivers from South Africa still
park there in their numbers. In the surrounding villages are women who like to
entertain the truck drivers, and the contact that happens makes all social distancing
impossible. I have discussed it with the local councillor and it is our request
that trucks should be banned from parking there because it’s putting our
district at serious risk,” said Gwanongodza.
Speaking at the same gathering,
Chivi South Member of Parliament Killer Zivhu lamented the lack of equipment at
Chivi District Hospital.
“Front-line staff at the hospital
is exposed because there is no sufficient personal protective equipment. They
only have 12 gloves and less than 15 masks and that makes the hospital
unprepared to handle a serious outbreak,” said Zivhu.
In his presentation, the Minister
of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs Ezra Chadzamira, who leads the
taskforce at provincial level, said there was in excess of $12 million donated
by Tongaat Hulett, Byword Motors and Bikita Minerals being used to equip
identified health centres in the province.
Chivi District Hospital, which
has set up an isolation centre with a capacity of 16 patients, is beset with
many problems including old facilities and erratic water supplies.

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