Rumbidzayi Zinyuke Senior Reporter
MUTARE City Council early this week handed over the recently renovated Intensive Care Unit at Mutare Infectious Disease Hospital to the Ministry of Health and Child Care as the province continues to mobilise resources to finish rehabilitation of all Covid-19 isolation centres.
The Ministry also received two ventilators donated by a well-wisher through the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries’ Manicaland Chapter.
Rehabilitation of the ICU wing of the hospital, which was done by the Mutare City Council in partnership with local businesses and Government, was completed last week.
Government injected $1,4 million, while Mutare City availed $1,5 million to complement the $1,6 million raised by companies under CZI.
Africa University and Associated Foods Zimbabwe provided the labour and tools used during the rehabilitation process.
Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, Minister of State for Manicaland Affairs and Provincial Covid-19 Taskforce chairperson, Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba commended the coordinated effort to complete work within set timeframes.
“This is a national disaster and this requires all health facilities to be under the Ministry of Health to ensure a coordinated approach towards the fight against the pandemic. This requires a coordinated approach. Each country and indeed each province, has to ensure that proper health institutions are in place for its people,” she said.
“The ICU centre has a capacity to accommodate 10 patients. We appreciate the partnership which has made this possible,” said Dr Gwaradzimba.
While work on the ICU has been completed, rehabilitation of the hospital’s main wing, with a capacity to accommodate 30 patients, is still ongoing. Government recently released $12 million for the main wing. Mutare City mayor, Councillor Blessing Tandi, expressed appreciation for the work done on the wing.
CZI Manicaland Chapter president, Mrs Victoria Jakazi said industry had responded to Government’s call to join in the fight against Covid-19 and was committed to continue mobilising resources to equip the hospital.
Speaking on behalf of Manicaland Provincial Medical Director, Dr Simon Nyadundu, Mutare District Medical Officer, Dr Oliver Makengo said the unit at MIDH will go a long way in addressing Covid-19 cases in the province.
“We were anxious about not having an ICU facility for Covid-19 cases in the province and we are thankful to all the partners for their teamwork. We will do our best to maintain this facility and keep it up to standard,” he said.