The Zimbabwe Government has set aside ZWL$7 billion for Covid-19 testing, buying protective equipment and motivating workers.
This comes as the Southern African nation is battling escalating Covid-19 cases, which now top 17 000-plus. A total 1 365 of the cases were recorded on Tuesday alone – the highest single-day figure yet – with the capital, Harare, accounting for 777.
Most of these cases are community transmissions; which prompted Government to reintroduce level 4 lockdown.
Addressing journalists on Wednesday, Health and Child Care Deputy Minister Dr John Mangwiro said: “Government has cumulatively availed seven billion RTGS to motivate and employ more health workers, procure testing, PPEs sundries and sanitisers and improve infrastructure.
“The government is rolling out Rapid Antigen testing for symptomatic patients and this will go a long way in decongesting our emergency rooms and improving the triaging process.”
He added: “Government has procured 156 000 kits for testing and these are being distributed throughout the country”.
Dr Mangwiro implored citizens to observe Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.
“The Ministry applauds other line Ministries, particularly Home Affairs, and the Judiciary for expeditiously dealing with violators of Covid-19 regulations.
“We are requesting people to stay at home and a decision to leave home is ‘A Life-or-death decision’. All of us are now in emergency mode to arrest this pandemic.”