According to NSSA, the Ekusileni Medical Centre in Bulawayo will be used for the accommodation of patients undergoing treatment for COVID-19, while the Beitbridge Hotel which used to be run by Rainbow Tourism Group (RTG) will be used as a transit isolation centre to cater for returning residents from South Africa.
Returning residents are expected to stay at least 21 days in quarantine at the hotel as a precautionary measure since South Africa has recorded more than 1200 cases of COVID-19.
NSSA’s acting general manager, Arthur Manase, said it was befitting for the Authority to step in and complement government efforts it was formed to provide social security to Zimbabweans.
“As you know His Excellency President E.D. Mnangagwa recently declared COVID-19 a national disaster, which means every Zimbabwean is expected to play their part in fighting this deadly virus.
“Through the banner, ‘NSSA for Good’, we have availed the two facilities to government as our humble contribution towards this national cause. We also remain committed to rendering further assistance within our ability, as may be requested by the government,” he said.
In addition to the two facilities, NSSA recently donated towards the repair of an ICU ventilator at Mutare General Hospital.
Ventilators are said to be crucial in managing severe effects of COVID-19 as they assist patients with breathing.
Meanwhile, NSSA has also announced that it will be awarding pensioners a once-off discretionary bonus which will be incorporated in the April payroll.
“We have taken measures to help our pensioners, who constitute a very vulnerable group in times such as these, by awarding them a once-off discretionary bonus that is equivalent to a month’s pay-out. This bonus will be incorporated into our April payroll; hence our pensioners can look out for it via the usual channels.
“I, however, want to encourage pensioners not to visit banks but resort to alternative means to access their money, such as mobile money and bank cards. Pensioners should also observe social distancing and are strongly discouraged from joining long queues for commodities.
“NSSA appeals to shops and service providers to consider the plight of pensioners by making special arrangements for them to be served in a safe environment,” he said. Get all COVID-19 statics for Zimbabwe https://www.covidzw.info/index.html