THE on-going COVID-19 pandemic is not only a health crisis, but also a societal catastrophe, emanating from the devastating societal impact caused by the resultant trail of death. As of yesterday midday, a total of 3 954 936 million lives had been lost globally, with Zimbabwe recording 1 761 deaths as of June 29, 2021, according to statistics by the Health and Child Care ministry.
Since the pandemic’s outbreak at the tail end of 2019, lessons learnt from the coronavirus are instructive in that advanced research, appropriate healthcare infrastructure development, medical skills capacity building and economic wealth are necessary to guarantee robust and just pandemic response.
Zimbabwe as a nation has not been spared from the effects of the pandemic, compounded by increased demand for modern equipment, medicines, personal protective equipment and vaccines to manage the pandemic. Given that projections firmly indicate that the COVID-19 is likely to be with us for the foreseeable future, there is a compelling urge to ensure that appropriate infrastructure and all supporting elements in managing the virus are put in place as of yesterday