VP Chiwenga Thanks Health Workers While Opening The Kwekwe Infectious Diseases Hospital
The Zimbabwean Government appreciates the efforts and sacrifices of all health care and frontline employees and wants to thank them for their perseverance in the combat against Covid-19, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga stated yesterday.
He said this while officiating the opening of the first infectious diseases hospital for Kwekwe district.
Kwekwe Infectious Diseases Hospital was created from what used to be Garandichauya Beerhall and is now ready to admit patients. A once popular drinking spot in Mbizo township of Kwekwe, Garandichauya Beerhall, is now a modern Infectious Diseases Hospital, thanks to government’s devolution programme.
Kwekwe City Council used about $16 million from the government’s devolution funding to convert the derelict Garandichauya Beerhall into an infectious disease hospital, the first of its kind in the district. The 25-bed Kwekwe Infectious Diseases Hospital is expected to admit not only Covid-19 patients but other infectious diseases patients.
This is a welcome development in a district that has long been operating without an isolation centre.
Chiwenga also promised that the Government was finalising negotiations to incentivise health care employees who’ve persisted in the face of Covid-19 since its outbreak last year.
"The other strategy, as the Government continues to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, was to incentivise the health workers which is an issue which has been discussed by Government and is being seriously looked into to improve the conditions of service," he said.
"From accommodation, to transport allowances, to their salaries. We don’t want to talk much, but just wait and see because we want to remunerate our workers. They have stood fast even when we were on a stage we said the whole country can work at five percent capacity, the frontline health workers continued to go to work.
"Everything was shut down, but no single hospital was shut down. We wanted 100 percent or more attendance by all our health workers so they could provide medical assistance to the sick people."
VP Chiwenga then asked for a minute of silence from the delegates in recognition of the 23 doctors, 30 nurses and 25 other health care workers succumbed to Covid-19 after they contracted the sickness in the line of duty, adding that it was highly essential to recognise their efforts.
VP Chiwenga also commended all other Government departments for their collective efforts in the combat against the spread of Covid-19.
"For instance, the Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Cde July Moyo, is responsible for the mobilisation side of getting whatever assistance, be it in the form of money, medicines, PPE, food or whatever is needed in the fight against this pandemic," he said.
"So, every Government ministry had a hand; it’s a whole Government programme. We must continue to fight until the end."
VP Chiwenga said that though there has been a marked decline in the number of new Covid-19 infections, there is still need to stay vigilant due to the fact that Covid-19 still remained a major risk to economic development.
"I am glad to note that there has been a marked decline in both morbidity and mortality due to Covid-19," he said.
"However, we should be cognisant of the fact that the pandemic remains a major public health concern, hence the need to strengthen all our preparedness and response strategies."
Source : Herald