Govt should revisit Covid-19 strategy

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THE government should revisit its strategies in managing the rising coronavirus (Covid-19) cases as those testing positive continue to increase, health practitioners contend.

As at June 26, Zimbabwe had recorded 561 confirmed cases, including 135 recoveries and six (6) deaths after conducting 65 704 tests nationwide.

Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) vice president Dean Ndoro said the rising Covid-19 cases present a huge challenge to healthcare delivery as the nurses are on strike.

He said the downing of tools by nurses would now mean that people were at risk of getting poor service at hospitals as doctors would be overwhelmed by the swelling numbers.

Ndoro highlighted that without fully addressing workers’ needs in terms of protective clothing, government was also putting other patients at risk of contracting the coronavirus from healthcare personnel who work without proper personal protective equipment.

“The rising cases are definitely a cause for concern; there is now a need to identify and strengthen restrictions in order for us to curb the further spread of Covid-19 from both locals and returnees.

“Government has to also strategically identify ideal quarantine places; they have to work out and revisit their strategies,” Ndoro said.

Community Working Group on Health executive director Itai Rusike told the Daily News on Sunday that other sectors such as security, social protection and information should now be involved in the fight as they are equally important.

He said there is need for concerted effort through increased surveillance and enforcement of lockdown regulations, which now seems relaxed.

“The Zimbabwe health system response should combine the pandemic preparedness through strengthening capacities at ports of entry and at isolation and quarantine facilities for improved testing and quick results that would in turn result in enhanced case and contact tracing of cases,” Rusike said.

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) spokesperson Marvellous Kumalo said there was a serious crisis in the country with regard to how the Covid-19 was being managed.

He said government had not fully addressed ways in which people can be safe from contracting the coronavirus which is why there are still local transmissions being recorded.

Kumalo said relaxing the restriction to allow the economy to perform was a good idea although it has now come at the expense of human health and life.

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