The Municipality of Marondera has resolved to turn the Farmer’s Hall in the Central Business District (CBD) into an isolation centre as the local authority gears up to contain the Covid19 epidemic.
The building is popularly known for being used by a popular local church with the authorities saying its proximity will suit it for the new purpose.
Speaking during a Covid-19 preparedness meeting at council chambers led by the town clerk Rinashe Nyamuzihwa, the stakeholders unanimously endorsed the building as the isolation centre that will complement the other one at Marondera Provincial Hospital.
“The Farmer’s Hall is suitable due to its proximity, we are currently under lockdown and there won’t be people in town as compared to the residential areas. Moreover, there is life in town with noises from vehicles along the Mutare-Harare highway that will provide relief to would be patients.
Someone needs not to feel dumped,” said Marondera legislator Brightness Mangora (PR).
According to the Council, the building will accommodate 24 beds and will be used to isolate covid-19 victims identified at council clinics before they are taken to designated centres like the provincial hospital or Harare.
Mashonaland East has more than 125 people under Covid19 surveillance with 30 percent of them in Marondera.
A total of four people have since tested positive of the deadly virus in Zimre Park, an area that falls under Mashonaland East whilst a total of nine suspects from Mutoko and Murehwa tested negative of the virus.
Council has only two clinics Cherutombo and Nyameni that are currently functional.