Children in Gweru are reportedly using masks and gloves picked from a local dumpsite in Woodlands Park, The Standard reports.
This was confirmed by Obert Rupanga, the Woodlands Park suburb’s ward development committee chairperson who relayed his discomfort about the whole scenario. Rupanga said:
Actually, some children pick up used personal protective equipment like face masks and gloves dumped from hospitals.
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They wear these when playing and take them to their homes. We need help because we are at a great risk of the Covid-19 pandemic.
We have approached the Gweru City Council and they said money to relocate the dumpsite is on this year’s budget but we are concerned that, in the meantime, people may easily perish.
The poor waste disposal mechanism had left households in Gweru at risk of contracting the deadly virus. However, the province has so far not recorded a single case of COVID-19.
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