SENIOR STAFF WRITER
THE government has received a major boost in its fight against the lethal coronavirus (Covid-19) following donations of over 134 oxygen concentrators by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), the Daily News reports.
“This equipment will increase the capacity of hospitals to treat moderate to severe Covid-19 patients. The arrival of these 134 oxygen concentrators will translate into an increase in the number of beds available for treatment of this category of Covid-19 patients from current 45 beds to 179, bringing this close to 80 percent of the required beds for this category in the country.“In the past, we had to refill the oxygen tanks elsewhere and was very inconvenient as it meant that patients could go for a long time without oxygen,” Mangwiro said.
Mangwiro further said that the 968 solar-driven refrigerators were a very significant investment which was expected to improve the quality and capacity of the country’s cold chain under the Zimbabwe Expanded Programme on Immunisation.
Speaking at the same event, Unicef deputy country representative Amina Mohamed said due to the lockdown measures, the country’s health centres were recording few mothers coming with their babies for immunisation.
“It is worrying that we are seeing a decline in immunisation figures due to the national lockdown. Through this donation today, we are saying that other health activities must not be abandoned as a result of Covid-19. We would like to appeal to mothers to start moving around and get children immunised to avoid diseases that can easily be prevented,” Mohamed said.