Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo has taken delivery of a consignment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donated by the Rotary Club of Borrowdale Brooke in Harare along with its partners.
The protective equipment will be used by health workers who are serving in the frontline to combat the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
This comes at a time when at least 15 nurses the referral hospital tested positive for Covid-19 after attending to a patient resulting in 197 health care workers going into quarantine.
Nurses in the country are currently on strike demanding that the government pays them salaries in foreign currency and provides them with adequate PPE.
The Rotary club Borrowdale Brooke in partnership with Mum are geniuses and Rotary club of Belmont and their sponsors Profeeds, Oceans Foods, Traverze Travel and Nutrie Foods donated 1000 KN95 masks, 2000 disposable masks, 100 disposable gowns, 8000 disposable gloves, 60 litres of sanitizer and 1 tonne of maize meal.
Speaking to CITE, after the donation, the president of the Rotary Club of Borrowdale Brooke Nobukhosi Ndlovu said they were pushed to donate by an article on health workers facing eviction as they are feared to expose landlords to Covid-19.
“I was pushed by an article I read about health workers facing eviction as landlords fear exposure of Covid-19 and it made me sad that is when I shared it with Mums are geniuses who shared my sentiments so we decided to partner and donate,” said Ndlovu
She added that nurses are frontline workers who need to be protected so that they can be able to take care of people.
“I donated to Mpilo Hospital as our frontline workers are most affected and need to be protected for them to take care of us,” said Ndlovu.
Nldovu added that as the Rotary club they view the world from a point where people unite and create lasting change which will inspire people to be passionate and responsible.
“Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe and in our communities, and in ourselves, I hope we will inspire someone to act responsibly and use their passion and perseverance to create lasting change,” she told CITE.
Bulawayo has become the epicentre of the global pandemic, recording 36 new cases on Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 525and 12 deaths.