By Ray Bande
Mutare food manufacturing, packaging and distribution concern Mega Market is undergoing a thorough three-day disinfection exercise following the recent confirmation of six Covid-19 cases among its employees.
The disinfection exercise, which is being funded by the company in conjunction with Ministry of Health and Child Care and City of Mutare, started today (Friday) and will be going on until Sunday as company operations were shut down to pave way for the cleansing exercise.
Mega Market provided 50 litres of hydrogen peroxide, the chemical being used to disinfect the premises while Ministry of Health and Chikd Care as well as City of Mutare provided manpower and equipment.
Ministry of Health and Child Care Manicaland director Dr Simon Nyadundu said: "We did have some positive Covid-19 cases picked from this institution. When we did the contact tracing we found out that we had a total of six people who had been infected. All the other employees tested negative. The people are in isolation as we speak. We intervened by shutting down the high risk areas within the complex where the infected people frequented. The place is not closed for business persir.
"Together with City of Mutare we are in the process of disinfecting the whole place. We woumd wantnto assure the people of Manicaland and the country at large that everything that was done here was above board. We really want to commend the management for their cooperation."
Dr Nyadundu urged other companies to emulate Mega Market in its intensive testing drive.
"From our risk assessment and recommendations here at Mega Market we are happy with the level of compliance by the company management. The place will reopen fully after this disinfection exercise. Most companies have been doing rapid diagnostic tests which as you know these are screening tests. We would want to urge all other companies to do the same I terms of testing and compliance. They should do so using PCR test kits especially in high risk areas," he said.
Apart from producing tomato sauce, the packaging and distribution company is into rice, beans and kapenta packaging.
Company human resources manager Mr Kelvin Munhenga said: "We have closed business to decontaminate the whole place. From the offices to the production areas and canteen and all other areas that people frequent around the place. We are only open for business on Monday after this thorough cleansing exercise.
"For the six cases we had all those people are in quarantine. We have assisted in making sure that contact tracing is done as well as making sure that everyone around us is safe. As a company, we are doing all that we can to ensure the safety of all our employees, clients and stakeholders."