MINES and Mining development minister Winston Chitando has taken heed of the global call to provide necessary interventions and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to people working in the frontline to fight the novel coronavirus(COVID-19) pandemic.
On Saturday, Chitando was on a crusade around hospitals in Masvingo province with his first stop being Gutu Rural Hospital where he donated blankets as well as facial masks for staff.
He acknowledged the exposure that the frontline workers are exposed to hence the need to protect them.
“The frontline health workers and the health workers across the country are doing an amazing job in the fight against COVID-19. Even President Mnangagwa saluted their tireless efforts and promised to protect them in the line of duty. It is in that light, that I come here today with the masks among other necessary stuff,” Chitando said.
He proceeded to Mutero Clinic where he donated over one hundred buckets with taps.
Chitando, who is also Gutu Central member of parliament, further extended the donation to other centres within the province through district administrators and councillors.
To sow a seed of healthy living, he also donated over two and half tonnes of garlic seed in eight wards. Garlic is among the vegetables recommended for immune boosting.
In compliance with the national guidelines for COVID- 19 prevention measures, the distribution was made to small groups of people who were observing social distancing.
The country has so far recorded 14 confirmed cases and three deaths
Government had also decentralised COVID-19 testing centres, and on Sunday six of the 16 samples were tested in Bulawayo.