More precautions needed against coronavirus
HEALTH officials must implement elaborate precautions to protect the country against the new coronavirus after China confirmed it can be transmitted among humans.
While medical personnel have been advised on how to guard against infection by the novel coronavirus, which has been designated 2019-nCoV by the World Health Organisation, it is absolutely imperative that this pandemic is nipped in the bud.
While Wilkins Hospital has been chosen as a would-be quarantine zone for those found with the virus in Harare, health experts must also discuss what additional measures are needed to cope with the disease.
The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the mysterious infection was first reported, has become the centrepiece of the virus.
Workers in China apparently are overwhelmed by an influx of cases of a new strain of the coronavirus.
And world health authorities’ concerns about the global transmission of this potentially fatal virus are entirely justified.
Health minister Obadiah Moyo has described the situation as grave and warned that the spread of the virus is accelerating.
Isolating the city of Wuhan, the centre of the outbreak, has apparently not halted this particular strain of coronavirus.
Less than two weeks ago, there were just a few dozen cases, mostly limited to Wuhan.
Now there are almost 2 000 confirmed cases worldwide, according to China’s State media.
Thirteen other countries have less than a handful of cases each.
Australian health authorities are managing four confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in Sydney and Melbourne.
They are seeking to contact all passengers who were on the same flight from Wuhan as one of those patients.
Zimbabwe must continue to screen arrivals from Wuhan, Beijing, Shenzhen and other places.
The country must also remain on high alert such that if cases of the virus are suspected or confirmed they are dealt with promptly and lives are saved.