SENIOR STAFF WRITER
THE government has warned public hospitals turning away patients who do not have certificates or results to prove that they are coronavirus (Covid-19) negative.
“We understand that medical personnel have to treat everyone as if they have Covid-19, but it is not government policy for people to be turned away for not having any documentation to prove that they don’t have the virus.“The government is working tirelessly to ensure that adequate personal protective equipment is availed to medical practitioners so that they attend to patients fully equipped and protected from the virus. I would like to warn those hospitals who are engaging in this practise to stop it as this is not part of our policy.“We need to ensure that as we deal with the coronavirus we don’t neglect people with other health conditions. They need to still be able to access healthcare whenever they need it,” Mangwiro said.
“We continue to note the difficulties being faced by citizens in accessing health services, including access to emergency services. ZADHR has verified reports of citizens who are being turned away from hospitals because they do not have Covid-19 results.
“This is a clear violation of section 76(3) of the Zimbabwean constitution which states that no person may be refused emergency medical treatment in any health institution,” ZADHR.
“In addition, public health institutions should make sure that health workers attending to emergency cases have proper PPE to protect themselves and that adequate infection control guidelines are strictly adhered to,” ZADHR added.