Coronavirus Covid-19 Bubi Hospital Appeal Zimbabwe

by Zimbabwe Educational Trust (ZET)
Coronavirus Covid-19 Bubi Hospital Appeal Zimbabwe
Safety Equipment - delivered by Trinity Project
Safety Equipment - delivered by Trinity Project

This period saw another delivery of Personal Protective Equipment and sanitation products distributed to Bubi Hospital and the nearby Child Protection Committee (CPC). The CPC works in the local area and have been supporting the prevention and management of cases as well as responding to some of the secondary effects of covid such as school drop-outs, child marriages and teenage pregnancies. By working with the CPC, the hospital was better able to bridge the gap between them and the community to safeguard people and reduce demand on the hospital’s services. 

The resources provided (thanks to the generous support of our donors) included; 

  • 150 litres of liquid soap
  • 100 litres of disinfectants
  • 20 litres of hand sanitisers
  • 37 boxes of surgical face masks
  • 82 re-usable facemasks

The hospital has given thanks and they, along with other community actors have requested that covid support be broadened wherever possible including in schools in Bubi and Umguza District. The Provincial Minister of State and Devolution has encouraged us to widen the donation sphere to include rural health centers in Bubi and Umguza District.

We’d like to take the opportunity to thank all our donors for your wonderful, life-saving response in these unprecedented times and we hope that all are safe and well.

Re-usable facemasks promoting safe practices
Re-usable facemasks promoting safe practices

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Sanitation equipment being distributed
Sanitation equipment being distributed

Bubi district hospital continues to care for a number of Covid-19 patients and co-ordinate with local quarantine centres set up to limit the spread of the disease. Staff at the hospital report that they are extremely glad for the equipment provided in order to protect themselves and patients. Sanitisation practices are important in any hospital environment but at this time the strain to get it right and the increase in demand make for a challenging situation.

Unfortunately, due to the proximity to the South African border and the changed movement patterns of people caused by the pandemic, Bulawayo has overtaken Harare as the country’s epicentre. This is demonstrated by Bulawayo currently having 559 active cases compared to Harare’s 210. Bubi being in the vicinity of Bulawayo, the hopes are that cases do not take a significant rise.

A recent stakeholder meeting acknowledged the value of the equipment provided so far and thanked donors and coordinating parties. We’d like to add our thanks to this.

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Bubi Hospital - PPE and sanitation equipment
Bubi Hospital - PPE and sanitation equipment

Following the request for help from Trinity Project we were honoured to work with them and be able to provide some funds to help Bubi Hospital prepare for the deepening crisis. This included all the items seen in the photo allowing for improved protections from contamination between patients and staff and more sanitary conditions all round.

At this point Bubi has had 11 known cases of Coronavirus. With the support of the great staff there (and some of their new resources) these patients have all recovered and been discharged. Testing is going up with 26 results currently pending. One staff member who had an underlying health condition has sadly passed away with coronavirus.

The challenges currently being faced include inadequate PPE such as detergent, masks, buckets, sanitisers and there is a need for fuel in order to facilitate contact tracing. There are also significant issues in sourcing food to sustain coronavirus patients.

The lead doctor writes “our situation is dire and we would appreciate any form of support.”

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Zimbabwe Educational Trust (ZET)

Location: LEEDS, West Yorkshire - United Kingdom
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