17 August 2020
Bubi isolation Centre in Matabeleland North received a donation from HOCIC through its twin programmes of Urban Food Assistance and Livelihoods (UFAL) and Self-Help Groups Approach (SHGA). The donation is meant to assist the facility in feeding patients at Inyathi District Hospital. The handover of the food baskets by HOCIC Zimbabwe was a prologue of the newly introduced Matabeleland North and South SHGA COVID-19 relief programme under the banner of “Protecting the Psycho-Social well-being of children during Covid 19” (PPSS).
Bubi Isolation Centre is housed within Inyathi District Hospital.
“The donations seek to boost Inyathi District hospital in providing food for patients affected by Covid 19,”
said the SHGA Project Officer Pesistance Mkwena. The food donations were a raised concern by the Ministry of Health representative in Matabeleland North who lamented at the inception meeting with SHGA delegation that Bubi district was in crisis and urgently needed assistance.
UFAL is an urban programme funded by the Latter-Day Saints Charities, operating in Bulawayo’s four wards whilst PPSS is operating from the extended funding of KinderNotHilfe Germany. 200 kgs of mealie-meal, 20 litres of cooking oil, 35 kgs of soya chunks and 15 kgs of beans were handed over to the Bubi Isolation Centre.
“We are very delighted as this food donated to us today will cover a big gap in the kitchen,”
said Mrs N. Dube who is responsible for the hospital’s kitchen department. Mrs N. Dube and Mr Phiri warmly received the food, witnessed by Dr Gwera and other Inyathi District Hospital staff members.
“We are so much in need of such regular visits. Detergents are a major request as they save a crucial role in the kitchen and also used for hand sanitization,”
said Mr Phiri who applauded HOCIC Zimbabwe for the great job. Post isolation problems of returnee mobility were said to be another pressing issue by Officer Tshange.
“Transport is a major problem faced by the discharged patients as they are found roaming around Inyathi Police Station with no transport money to proceed to their different homes country wide,”
said Police Officer Tshange. This depicts a huge problem experienced by the discharged patients. At the present moment there is no one at the Isolation center as nine patients recovered and were all discharged last week, new patients are expected anytime soon.