The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) says at least 11 of its employees have died from COVID-19 while 157 workers have contracted the coronavirus.
NRZ public relations manager Nyasha Maravanyika told NewZimbabwe.com in an interview that the majority of cases were recorded during the current third wave.
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He said the government has granted the parastatal its request to provide COVID-19 vaccines to its employees at the company’s clinics. Said Maravanyika:
COVID-19 has affected the NRZ adversely with 157 confirmed cases resulting in 11 deaths. The majority of the cases were reported under the current third wave after recording two deaths in the second wave in January 2021.
The government has given the National Railways of Zimbabwe permission to provide COVID-19 vaccines to NRZ employees at its clinics.
Vaccination of employees at the workplace has already started in Gweru and Bulawayo.
He said the vaccines are being administered by NRZ nurses who have undergone training on administering the jabs while the government provides the vaccines through local health authorities.
Maravanyika further revealed that since the inception of the vaccination exercise on 27 July 2021, a total of 220 employees in Bulawayo have received their first jab while in Gweru 113 employees have received the first dose.
He said the parastatal plans to vaccinate its entire workforce of more than 4 600 employees to ensure they are protected against the deadly disease.
The NRZ runs four industrial and 10 community clinics throughout the country.
The industrial clinics cater for employees while community clinics provide services to the surrounding communities.