Council to evacuate patients from Wilkins hospital

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THE Harare City Council (HCC) will be evacuating patients from Wilkins Infectious Disease Control Hospital to make way for coronavirus (Covid-19) cases that may be recorded in the country, the city health director has said.

This comes as the government on Monday and yesterday conducted a training workshop to equip health workers with skills on how to handle the deadly virus which has so far killed 1 873 and infected 73 325.

Speaking during the training workshop where 67 health workers were in attendance, HCC health director Prosper Chonzi said usual patients will be moved from Wilkins to Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital as the former is a quarantine area for potential coronavirus victims.

“Should we have any cases, most of our patients will be transferred to Beatrice so that this facility will remain for patients with probable or confirmed infections,” Chonzi said.

He added that health workers will undergo intensive training to avoid any loopholes.
“This has to be meticulously done because any mistake will result in you contracting the infection and contaminating the next person or families at home,” the health director said.

This also comes after a recent study from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) has revealed that the sick and elderly are most at risk of contracting the virus.

Meanwhile, Zimbabweans are living in fear after Africa recorded the first confirmed coronavirus case in Egypt.
Despite the government’s assurances that the situation is under control, there are fears that once the virus spreads into the country people could perish as the country’s health system is on the verge of collapse.

“The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) director Itai Rusike said it is undeniable that the current broken health delivery system makes Zimbabwe very vulnerable should the virus spread into this country.

“The CWGH is very concerned with the country’s ability to protect its people from the coronavirus epidemic considering its weak health delivery system characterised by antiquated laboratory equipment, shortages of drugs, shortages of test kits and protective gear, a demotivated health staff, porous borders, regular power outages at health institutions and ports of entry and the scant information available on public spaces about the disease. Where would one get confidence that the country can contain the virus when hospitals cannot even dispense paracetamol?” Rusike told the Daily News.

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