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Red Cross donates PPE to boost Covid-19 fight

By Style Reporter

The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) last week donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline workers at public health institutions in the country in the wake of a second wave of Covid-19.

Lately Zimbabwe, just like most countries, has recorded a surge in Covid-19 cases.

The donations, which was handed over to Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo, Tsholotsho District hospital in Matabeleland North, Victoria Chitepo General Hospital (formerly Mutare General Hospital) and Tongogara Refugee Camp in Manicaland province, were made possible by the German government and Novartis through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

“The donation is part of the ZRCS response to Covid-19 where it complements the national health systems through provision of PPE for the frontline workers to reduce the risk of infection and transmission and enable continuity of health service provision,” said ZRCS operations director Tapiwa Chadoka.

Tsholotsho Health Services administrator Gerald Chandakabata said the donation would go a long way in protecting frontline workers.

“This donation is timely because it has come at a time when we have had positive cases of Covid-19. We thank you for this donation,” he said.

Mpilo Central Hospital acting CEO Xolani Ndlovu said the second wave of Covid-19 was likely to strain resources, therefore the donation had come at the right time.

“We are one of the biggest institutions in the country and in the face of Covid-19, resources can be restrained. This donation is coming at the right time when we face a new wave of Covid-19,” Ndlovu said.

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