The refurbishment of Wilkins Infectious Disease Hospital is reported to be nearing completion after Chinese companies operating in Zimbabwe invested more than US$500 000 for the programme.
Wilkins Hospital has been mandated to treat coronavirus patients from across the country.
Speaking to The Herald in a telephone interview, China Africa, Economic and Culture Exchange Research Centre chairman Zivanai Steve Zhao, said:
We are expecting some of the equipment to arrive in the country this week. We want Wilkins Infectious Disease Hospital to match international standards in combating the pandemic. The teams on the construction site are now working 24 hours to speed up the upgrading of the hospital.
… As of now, we have nine doctors from Wuhan in China. Those who are in the country are training local doctors to fight the pandemic. If the need arises more doctors from China will be coming to Zimbabwe to contain the spread of the pandemic, which is a global phenomenon.
Zhao also revealed that an additional US$150 000 had also been put together for the procurement of medical equipment, which includes an oxygen machine, breathing machine, test kits and protective suits, masks and other protective clothes for health workers.