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ST. ANNE’S HOSPITAL COVID-19 RESPONSE CENTRE (“SACREC”)

                                     MEDIA STATEMENT

Effective 1st April, 2020, the Catholic Church through the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary (“LCM”), the owners of St. Anne’s Hospital and the Trustees of Solidarity Trust Zimbabwe (“SOTZIM”) concluded a joint-venture agreement (“JV”), signed on Saturday, 4th April, 2020.

The JV temporarily establishes the St. ANNE’S HOSPITAL COVID-19 RESPONSE CENTRE (“SACREC”) at St. Anne’s Hospital, to assist and compliment the Government of Zimbabwe’s PREPARDNESS AND RESPONSE PLAN regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), released in March 2020 by the Ministry of Health & Child Care (“MoHCC”).

 

SACREC is a  strategic response by the Parties to the national effort against COVID-19.  It is anticipated that the SACREC, will exist for an initial period of three months only. This is subject to extension as determined by the Parties, who will be guided by the pandemic status of the virus in Zimbabwe.

SACREC will cater for ALL members of the public, as well as health care personnel at the forefront of dealing with COVID-19 patients in Zimbabwe needing middle line and high care nursing and medical services.

When fully functional, within this month of April, SACREC will have a capacity of ONE HUNDRED beds, including those catering for intensive care (ICU) and high dependency (HDU) patients.

SACREC will be run by a seven-member Management Board comprised of representatives of LCM and SOTZIM, including members of the Medical fraternity. In terms of the JV, this Board will liaise closely with the MoHCC in order to ensure a coordinated effort in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this latter respect, the Parties wish to convey their greatest appreciation for the most excellent manner in which the MoHCC, and Government in general, has afforded its support to the JV. This support is in line with a Memorandum of Understanding concluded between SOTZIM and the MoHCC on 2nd April 2020 committing SOTZIM to establishing, through private sector effort, COVID-19 response centres across Zimbabwe, in both urban and rural districts. The SACREC is just one of these centres and its opening is also in line with the vision, mission and ministry of LCM of praying and taking care of the vulnerable, the sick and the dying.

The Parties also wish to extend their gratitude to the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (“ZCBC”) and the Conference of the Major Religious Superiors of Zimbabwe (“CMRS”), all their friends in the private sector and the medical fraternity for their invaluable support.

The parties will formally advise members of the public when the ST.ANNE’S HOSPITAL COVID-19 RESPONSE CENTRE is open and ready to receive patients. The legal advisors for the SACREC are the respective Legal Practitioners of LCM and SOTZIM.

Further updates regarding the SACREC, LCM and SOTZIM’s other activities are available on their respective websites: www.sotzim.org and lcmsisters-africa.org.

5th April, 2020