Ventilators boost for Ekusileni Medical Centre  

Shamiso Dzingire

©️  EKUSILENI Medical Centre received three portable ventilators as efforts to equip the institution into a high level Covid-19 isolation centre continue.

The ventilators are the first to be received by the hospital since a multi-stakeholder initiative — Iam4Byo Fighting Covid-19 — began mobilising material, financial, and human resources towards capacitating Ekusileni into an isolation centre.
On Saturday, a local administrator of medical aid societies and schemes, Health Alliance, donated three portable ventilators which were received by provincial minister Judith Ncube on behalf of the hospital.
Health Alliance representative Vimbai Masamba said the organisation contributed towards equipping Ekusileni after realising the impact of the disease on livelihoods.
“Because we are operating in the medical environment, we see the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on communities and livelihoods of Zimbabweans in Bulawayo where we operating in.
“We are donating three portable ventilators, face shields, face masks, glove, protective clothing for our frontline
“We hope this goes a long way in assisting government efforts in combating the pandemic,” Masamba said.
The ventilators came at a time Bulawayo mayor Solomon Mguni revealed that the main isolation centre, Thorngrove Infectious Diseases Hospital, still has no ventilators and an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Mguni disclosed that the city continues to face resource challenges, a development that negatively affects efficient response to the pandemic.
He appealed to the relevant authorities to swiftly address the resource gaps to enable the city to efficiently respond to the pandemic.
Rainbow Tourism Group also chipped in and donated bedding sheets, 300 pillows and 300 pillow cases while Q-rent handed over three computers, with Tassburg also donating personnel protective equipment to the institution.
Iam4Byo is a multi-stakeholder group that brings together medical professionals, the business community, Non-Governmental Organisations, churches, academic institutions the Zimbabwean diaspora and the Bulawayo community at large to mobilise resources to fight against Covid-19 in the second largest city and surrounding areas.
The initiative was launched on April 10 and has been mobilising resources to equip Ekusileni as an isolation centre for Covid-19.
The Confederation of Zimbabwean Industries (CZI) is handling the donations for accountability purposes while Coghlan and Welsh law firm provides legal guidance.



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