Covid-19 third wave Containment Plan announced

by | Jul 21, 2021 | COVID 19 | 0 comments

Mako Jerera

With the level four lockdown still in place, Government announced that the Ministry of Health and Child Care has developed a COVID-19 Third Wave Containment Plan to fight Covid-19.
Under the plan, Government is set to increase bed capacity at Mpilo Central Hospital and Sally Mugabe Hospital in Harare as a measure to contain the increase of cases and deaths in Zimbabwe.
This was announced by Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services at yesterday`s post-cabinet briefing.
“Highlights include increasing the bed capacity at Mpilo and Sally Mugabe Central Hospitals. This plan will see the designation of Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital and Ekusileni Hospitals as Covid-19 District Hospitals for Harare and Bulawayo, respectively,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

In addition, Government confirmed to operationalise virtual hospitals where every district will have a rapid response team to attend to cases of acute Covid-19 clinical distress and a review of Covid-19 risk allowances.

“Courts of Law will be opened only for remand and urgent cases. All civil servants should be vaccinated and those that fall ill without having been vaccinated will not be entitled to the Covid-19 insurance,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

She added, “All civil servants should be tested for Covid-19 at the commencement and end of the two-week rotational interval. A locum-based Covid-19 risk allowance payment model will be adopted for the health personnel in the red zone as part of the incentive schemes.”

Virtual hospitals will be established in every district in the country to attend to cases and healthcare workers in red zones will get an allowance.

Meanwhile, as to date, a total of 1 184 435 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19. People are encouraged to continue adhering to the Covid-19 measures and get vaccinated to help stop the spread of Covid-19.