Some 10 returnees to Zimbabwe, who are currently quarantined at Magamba Training Centre are sleeping outside in fear of contracting Covid-19, after the authorities mixed new returnees with those that had been there for long.
The returnees elected to sleep in the open as they feared to contract the virus from new arrivals whom they feared were potential coronavirus sources.
The returnees told TellZim news that the authorities were failing to manage the facility properly and therefore it was within everyone’s best interests to release them.
Some said they have been at the facility for more than 28 days and were not happy that the new returnees were being mixed with everyone in the same hostel, thus risking infection.
Farai Makuyana who is one the returnees quarantined at Magamba Training Centre, said he feels that the centre has become a new site of possible new coronavirus infections.
“We are living like prisoners because yesterday, we slept outside the hostels for fear of being exposed to possible infection from new arrivals. There are no sanitisers and we are sharing same bathrooms and toilets with the new returnees whose samples have not yet been taken for testing.
“We came here on July 10 and we have spent more than 28 days without being given our results yet two PCR testing exercises were conducted
He said Dr Cephas Fonte only came with test results for 9 returnees and promised to return the following day with the other results, but he hasn’t returned to date and is no longer picking calls.
“We want to be discharged and they must follow World Health Organisation guidelines. We had two weeks without water, no good food, toiletries and sanitisers,” he said.
A returnee who preferred to remain anonymous, said he was happy to reunite with his family after being discharged from the quarantine centre on the fourth of August.
“I am happy to be at home with my family after a long struggle at Magamba where I had very bad experiences. They made fake promises that we they will give us enough food, sanitisers and running water.
He said when they arrived they couldn’t even take proper baths as there was no water for two weeks. They staged a hunger strike because the quality of food was really bad.