By Thandeka Matebesi
Hwange Local Board (HLB) has declared that it is on high alert following the surge in the number of active Covid19 cases in the country.
In a statement, HLB Public Relations Manager Mr Dumisani Nsingo said the local authority continues to employ various preventative measures against the deadly pandemic.
Hwange Local Board is fully aware of the emergence of the second wave of coronavirus (COVID-19).
According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, infections have been going up lately in the country with over 9000 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date.
As a local authority we continue to employ various measures to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Hwange continues to sensitise residents to fully observe COVID-19 health and safety regulations in order to minimise the spread of the disease
Furthermore Hwange continues to fumigate premises, which include offices and social amenities facilities (clinic, bar and schools) after every fortnight.
Nsingo emphasised that adherence to stipulated Covid19 regulations and all the preventative measures was important particularly in a tourist destination such as Hwange District.
“Hwange District remains one of the areas highly susceptible to COVID-19, worse now with the country having fully reopened its tourism sector and the return of inter-city bus services. Hwange is one of the country’s biggest resort areas thus the reopening of the tourism sector is likely to see an increase in the number of tourists from various destinations”, he said.
Nsingo, however, deplored that while the local authority is working on various measures to contain the virus there were a few challenges impeding its work.
“The District’s isolation centre at Five Mile Hospital has been fully rehabilitated and almost ready for use with only a few plumbing works being outstanding. In essence the centre is ready for commission.
“However, the Rapid Response Team, which comprises of the local authority’s health department and the Ministry of Health and Child Care is facing serious challenges due to lack of adequate resources, which include transport and testing kits”, said Nsingo.