KEDC ups fight against COVID-19

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A MEMBER-BASED organisation, Kadoma Economic Development Chamber (KEDC), has joined forces with other stakeholders in efforts to arrest the spread of the novel COVID-19 which has become a menace to public health, Zim Morning Post has learnt.

The organisation is on the driving seat, pooling resources for institutions officially mandated to combat the spread of the deadly infection.

In its capacity as a business entity, KEDC is reaching out to all players in this mineral rich town in order to reduce the burden on assigned institutions.

Such institutions carrying the burden include Kadoma General Hospital (KGH) and City of Kadoma health centres.

KEDC is mobilising resources in cash and kind for the isolation centre at KGH.

The other isolation centre is earmaked for Ngezi Clinic and if need be, an overflow centre will also be established there.

This according to a media communique from KEDC.

“We’re moblising in cash and kind for the isolation centre (at KGH).

“We have since established a ZWL$5 000.00 donating ring for individuals and companies toward improving capacity for KGH.

“We also are collaborating with the KGH lead team in establishing a second isolation camp and possibly an overflow facility,” read the communique Wednesday.

The location of the overflow was, however, not ascertained in the communique.

The team has so far donated an assortment of materials for the fight against the coronavirus, which has so far infected close to a million people and claimed the lives of almost 40 000 worldwide.

By March 3, goods donated included mealie-meal, sanitizers and gloves, according to the update.

However, a gap still exists on the materials needed for KGH in the form of personal protective equipment (PPE), namely, 1 000 disposable gowns, 300 boxes of N95 masks, 500 boxes surgical masks, 500 boxes non-sterile gloves, 1 000 sterile dawning kits, 100 infrared thermometers, 60 litres hand sanitisers, 80 tapped buckets, a tonne of mealie-meal and transport logistics for trainers and the rapid response team.

The servicing and maintenance of ambulances is also part of the needs list.

The above stated are crucially needed at the imposing health facility.

The health institution caters for patients from as far afield as Mhondoro-Ngezi, Munyati, Battlefields, Sanyati and Gokwe, not withstanding the populous city, mining and farming areas feeding into City of Kadoma.

Notably, RioZim yesterday (Sunday) took delivery of an array of goods for the worthy cause in the form of five big bins, two pedal bins, 10 pairs of gumboots, 10 gowns and 200 bin liners.

So devastating is the COVID-19 pandemic that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has decreed a national 21-day lockdown period beginning March 30 to Sunday April 19 to avoid gatherings and contain the spread of the virus.

The international community is keeping lights on with all efforts directed at defeating the scourge.

KEDC has also added its voice to the fight, urging the public to practise good hygiene.

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