Information Minister Gospel Kazako has disclosed that the Zomba state residence COVID-19 centre will in the next few days be operational after undergoing some makeovers.
This follows an order made by President Lazarus Chakwera in his Sunday address to the nation to among others turn Bingu national stadium, Zomba state residence and a yet to be identified site in Mzuzu to Coronavirus treatment centres.
With an upsurge of infections, Chakwera described medical facilities in the country as terribly understaffed and medical personnel outnumbered.
He also called on the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 to scale up the number of treatment units from 400 to 1500 over the next month.
“To address this chronic shortfall, part of this new injection of funding will facilitate the recruitment of an additional 1,380 medical personnel in four different categories at a cost of K1.6 billion over the next four months”
“Among these should be a 300-bed capacity field hospital at Blantyre Youth Center, another 300-bed capacity field hospital at Bingu National Stadium, a 200-bed capacity emergency treatment unit in Mzuzu and 100-bed capacity field hospital in Zomba at the Zomba State House” disclosed the President.
On Wednesday during a briefing by the Presidential Taskforce, Kazako gave an update of upgrading works at the Zomba state residences.
“We found that there is adequate space that will give us more beds to be accommodated in there and that will mitigate the pressure of space. Those that have been attacked by the pandemic will be isolated in and will be accommodated there.
“There will have to be a little bit of works here and there; for example the floor walls will have to be re-worked very quickly though because most of the floors in the state house in Zomba are covered by carpets and you know carpets cannot be there because this will now have to be technically a hospital” he explained
Meanwhile National organization for Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi President Shouts Simeza is pushing for a speedy recruitment process of additional workers in the country at a time government intends to open extra COVID-19 treatment facilities.