Returnees who want private facilities as isolation centres should pay- Zim official

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Zimbabwe’s Permanent Secretary for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Nick Mangwana, has implied that returnees who want private facilities as quarantine centres should pay.

He added that the government would then assess the facilities ranging from hotels to lodges.

Zimbabwe has established quarantine centres for people coming into the country to be cleared of Covid-19.

However, some critics are saying some of the isolation centres are ill-equipped, sub-standard and lack basic social amenities.

Apparently, Mangwana said places for those who can pay are available.

“Once everything has been put in place, then those designated places will be availed to those who can afford and are willing to pay.

“Security is still an issue to ensure that all the institutional infrastructure for a mandatory quarantine are in place regardless of who is paying,” he said.

“It means that the employees of these places have to be protected from potential infection. It also means that there should be enough security to prevent people from absconding,” said Mangwana.

Mangwana’s sentiments come at the moment there have been outcry from returnees regarding the quality of facilities offered by government as quarantine centres.

The returnees have been complaining that some of the centres have no electricity, tap water and other critical elements.

Recently some returnees condemned Belvedere Teachers College in Harare, one the quarantine centres saying the place had no water and electricity.

The government recently slashed the recommended period that residents returning from COVID-19 hotspots should be quarantined from 14 to eight days, due to a cash squeeze.

However, health experts described the decision as suicidal in light of rising coronavirus cases in the country.

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