Kwekwe turns beerhall into coronavirus screening centre

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By Staff Reporter

KWEKWE city fathers have converted a local beerhall in the city’s Mbizo suburb into a Covid-19 screening centre.

Addressing journalists Wednesday, Kwekwe Mayor Angeline Kasipo said her council decided to improvise on Garandichauya Beerhall as a screening facility as the Midlands city did not have any Infectious Diseases Control Centre before.

Kasipo said as authorities, they had to use finances they got from devolution funds.

“The amount budgeted for the revamping of the screening facility is to the tune of ZWL$1, 8 million which we got from devolution funds,” she said.

Acting Town Clerk Lucia Mkandla recently told Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister Larry Mavhima that Kwekwe does not have an infectious diseases control hospital.

“We had to upgrade Garandichauya beerhall into an infectious diseases control hospital.

“We have none here in Kwekwe and in the event of a disaster, we will find it difficult to control.

“We therefore, had to commission the former Garandichauya Beerhall into an infectious disease control facility,” she said.

Zimbabwe has only two screening centres in Harare and Bulawayo for coronavirus.

The disease has devastated parts of the world and left nearly 9 000 dead since its outbreak in China December 2019.

Zimbabwe is yet to record a confirmed case of the disease although there are fears this could just be a matter of time before the dreaded outbreak.