Talent Kasu, H-Metro Reporter
Chitungwiza Central Hospital is set to open the first Covid-19 isolation centre for the area within the next two months, acting Chief Executive Officer Dr Michael Chiwanga has said.
Dr Chiwanga confirmed that the facility will be opened for use by the public in the next two months.
“So far we have most of the isolation equipment such as monitors and ventilators.
“Some beds are already in place. Our engineers are working on putting pressure as soon as they are done we will be 95 percent complete.
“We expect the ward to be open within the next two months,” he said.
Principal Nursing Officer Dorcas Chairuka who heads the institution’s Covid-19 Taskforce said:
“The isolation ward has the capacity to accommodate 35 beds which include an intensive care unit, high dependence unit, paediatric unit, labour ward, post-natal unit, a theatre, the male ward and the female ward.
“The hospital has been transferring patients to the Red Zone at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals but we have been facing challenges. The Red Zone at Parirenyatwa couldn’t assist with caesarean section they are also overwhelmed,” she said.
She added that hospital management recently resolved to expedite the work at the isolation ward and procurement of outstanding equipment in order to have a fully operational isolation ward by time of opening.
Chitungwiza Mayor Cllr Lovemore Maiko hailed the move as a positive step in ensuring quality healthcare to the residents of Chitungwiza.
“The setting up of a Covid-19 isolation centre in Chitungwiza is a step in the right direction.
“As you know, Chitungwiza is the third largest urban population in Zimbabwe and having to rely on our people being referred to Wilkins or Parirenyatwa would present Chitungwiza as a problem child to other medical centres.
“This is something that will definitely benefit the people of Chitungwiza and as residents we welcome the move. We applaud this initiative.
“This facility will ensure that the fight against Covid-19 in Chitungwiza is intensified. It will definitely go a long way in fighting this pandemic and winning against it,” said Cllr Maiko.
Head of public relations at the hospital Audrey Tasaranarwo called on various stakeholders to identify areas where they can support the noble initiative.
“This facility will bring relief to our clients as some private centres are expensive.
“Our centre is funded by the government and will offer its services for free that’s why we need the support of the corporates to complement what we have.”