By Staff Reporter
Gweru City Council last year conducted 787 burials- 13 of which were Covid-19 related deaths.
Of the 787 burials, 506 were adults and 281 children
A total of 289 were adult males and 217 adult females.
Under children, 147 were males and 134 females.
GCC spokesperson Ms Vimbai Chingwaramusee said August had the number of burials as 90 people were buried.
“Last year, council conducted 787 burials of which 506 were adults and 281 children. A total of 289 were adult males and 217 adult females. Under children, 147 were males and 134 females,” she said.
Meanwhile, mayor Councillor Josiah Makombe in his 2020 financial report said Gweru recorded 386 Covid-19 positive cases and 13 deaths.
“To date a total of 386 accumulative cases, 13 deaths have been recorded in Gweru District. Active cases are at 14 and 359 have recovered,” he said.
Clr Makombe encouraged residents to adhere to the stipulated Covid-19 rules and regulations aimed at mitigating against the spread of the virus.
“As the second and more serious wave has been detected in South Africa, we encouraged residents to adhere to the stipulated Covid-19 rules,” he said.
Clr Makombe said the Infectious Diseases Hospital is fully functional with a total of 101 admissions to date of which 46 were males and 51 were females.
“At the Infectious Diseases Hospital, a total of four deaths were also recorded. The Rapid Response Team is in place for contact tracing,” he said.
Clr Makombe said the city council clinics have remained open over the period and offer all services.
He said the refuse removal for the city has been grossly affected by the erratic supply of fuel, frequent breakdown of refuse removal equipment and the inadequate numbers of the refuse removal trucks in relation to the population.
“The average task removed for the city has been around 60percent owing to the above mentioned challenges of fuel and breakdowns. The city has however, managed to have all its fleet serviced and repaired and bought a set of 20 tyres for two trucks and we foresee an increase in the removal of waste city wide,” he said.
As one of the preparedness ways to address the solid waste challenges, Clr Makombe said the city will be launching the 5 year Gweru Integrated Waste Management Plan.
The emphasis, Clr Makombe said, is on the contents of the Plan is the 3r Concept of reduction at source, reuse of materials and recycling.
“The Plan will unlock the value of waste and waste is money through the various Waste-to-Energy activities and recycling among other income generating projects from waste,” he said.