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Ekusileni COVID-19 Medical Centre Has Opened

27 July 2021

Ekusieni hospital, a national Covid-19 centre in Bulawayo, on Tuesday finally opened its doors to the public and admitted its first two patients. The opening of the hospital is expected to ease the pressure on other isolation centres in the city that were fast running out of bed space. Bulawayo acting provincial medical director, Dr Welcome Mlilo confirmed the development adding that the hospital will be opened in phases. He said:
The operationalization of the facility is in line with the government vision as recently communicated in the last cabinet statement. The facility is a 250 bedded hospital but is opening in a phased manner. We are initially starting off with 15-25 beds, then will step that up to 50, then 100 and then to full capacity. This is a milestone in terms of Covid-19 case management in the province and potentially in the entire Southern region and the country.
Ekusileni, a brainchild of the late Vice-President Dr Joshua Nkomo, was closed more than 15 years ago when its equipment was declared obsolete. The hospital has experienced a number of false starts and numerous efforts to reopen it have failed. Its premises are owned by the National Social Security Authority (Nssa) and it was opened in 2000 before it closed in 2001. More: Pindula News; The Sunday News