Global fund allocates US$75 million 

Tendai Bhebe (Bulawayo Correspondent)

The Global Fund has allocated US$75million in a bid to complement the Government’s efforts to fight against COVID-19 for the three years.
 Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the ZW$11 billion having been released since the onset of the outbreak.
“Regarding resources, it is advised that the Global Fund allocated US$75 million to complement Government efforts in the fight against COVID-19. The allocation is for three years, from 2021 to 2023.
” It should, however, be noted that Government continues to provide resources from its own coffers for the COVID-19 response programme, with ZW$11 billion having been released since the onset of the Outbreak,” she said.
She said the government to set up a virtual hospital for the management of COVID-19.
In a development set to revolutionise COVID-19 management, Cabinet adopted a proposal to set up a Virtual Hospital for the Management of COVID-19 patients. This comes from the realisation that most COVID-19 patients recover without symptoms or after experiencing mild ones, which do not require hospitalisation.
Minister Mutsvangwa said the government will establish more than 20 000 home based beds.
“Government will establish a provisional figure of Ten Thousand   (10 000) to twenty thousand (20 000) home based beds.  A network of health staff will be in this regard.
“The establishment of a virtual hospital will therefore alleviate the pressure on hospitals. The public will be kept abreast of developments in this regard ,”she said.

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