The government has turned Mahusekwa Hospital into a COVID-19 treatment centre as coronavirus cases in Mashonaland East province surge.
This comes after Marondera Provincial Hospital has been overwhelmed by the rising number of COVID-19 patients, with Marondera District having 421 active cases as of Tuesday.
The move to turn the state-of-the-art Mahusekwa Hospital into a COVID-19 treatment facility was confirmed by provincial development co-ordinator Tavabarira Kutamahufa. He said:
As a province, at the end of the day, they may end up dedicating the hospital to COVID-19 treatment.
All other patients will now be treated at Madamombe Rural Health Centre and Marondera Provincial Hospital.
The provincial hospital is laden with COVID-19 patients, it is still a strategy, there is this very high burden, we have to react in that manner to be able to effectively use the available resources, that is the institutions.
There is also a COVID-19 outbreak at Ridigita Prison outside Marondera, where about 10 inmates and two prison officials have tested positive to the virus, the provincial medical director’s office revealed.