Staff Writer

At least ZW$100 million has been released by the treasury for the purchase of oxygen, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday, as the country ramps up oxygen supplies to help treat Covid-19 patients. 

The country has not been spared from the third wave as evidenced by the increase in Covid-19 cases and deaths. 

Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the government is ramping up the supply of oxygen and other critical provisions at designated health institutions throughout the country.

“The Ministry of Health and Child Care has established a prepayment facility with a local gas supplier to ensure constant availability of oxygen. Treasury has released ZW$100 million for the purchase of oxygen,” she said. 

Mutsvangwa said the government will strengthen its efforts to contain the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

While the country’s biggest trading partner South Africa relaxed its lockdown measures, in Zimbabwe the Level 4 lockdown measures remain in force. 

Efforts are underway, she said, to replenish all supplies of essential Covid-19. 

As at 26 July 2021, Zimbabwe had 99 944 confirmed cases, including 67 827 recoveries and 3 173 deaths.

A total of 1 491 493 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19 – Harare

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