Universities to produce 30 tonnes of oxygen per day
THE 11-member inter-ministerial taskforce recently set up by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to help in the fight against the spread of the deadly coronavirus, has partnered with local universities as part of efforts to produce 30 tonnes of oxygen per day, which will be used to aid patients.
This comes as there is growing concern that the government is ill-prepared to deal with the outbreak of the deadly virus given the lack of protective clothing and critical equipment such as ventilators and oxygen needed to treat coronavirus patients.
Information ministry permanent secretary Nick Mangwana revealed that the inter-ministerial taskforce had met and resolved that local universities will produce 30 tonnes per day and produce personal protective equipment.
“The inter-ministerial taskforce met and decided that our universities will manufacture 30 tonnes of oxygen per day, the University of Zimbabwe will work with the ministries of Public Works and Health and Child Care to roll out isolation facilities throughout the country and that local universities will produce personal protective equipment for medical personnel,” he said at the weekend.
The coronavirus is an infectious disease that causes respiratory illness with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing.
People with severe coronavirus require oxygen and breathing assistance through ventilators.
Zimbabwe has recorded one death out of the seven known people who have tested positive for the virus.
Meanwhile, Boc Gases Zimbabwe has announced that it would prioritise those requiring medically-prescribed oxygen.
“Boc Gases will not supply medical oxygen to individuals who are not medically prescribed oxygen therapies or may want medical oxygen as a stand-by in case they may require it at a later stage.
“We all need to be responsible during this period of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Boc Gases is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of all Zimbabweans in both the public and private sector.
“We recognise the significance of ensuring a healthy Zimbabwe,” read the statement from Boc Gases Zimbabwe.