Parirenyatwa admitting more Covid-19 patients

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Pepertua Rojasi 


ZIMBABWE’S largest medical centre — Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals — says its resources are stretched by the large number of Covid-19 patients it is admitting. 

This comes as the country is experiencing a resurgence of the pandemic as 528 people have lost their lives from the 22 297 confirmed cases as of Monday.

Parirenyatwa spokesperson Linos Dhire said the hospital has been admitting a large number of new patients compared to last year when the novel virus first reached the country’s shores.

This has stretched the institution’s requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff and other necessary medical sundries.

“While it is a fact that the second wave has resulted in the hospital handling more Covid-19 cases than before, Parirenyatwa is doing everything possible to cope with the overwhelming numbers of Covid-19 patients seeking care at the hospital.

“It is quite apparent that the second wave has brought about a number of challenges with it, like higher demand for PPE, equipment and staff.

“The hospital and the government, through our parent ministry, the Health Service Board and Treasury are working flat out to address these challenges. We are doing everything within our capacity to take care of our Covid-19 patients,” Dhire said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the hospital has dismissed social media claims that its mortuary is overwhelmed, resulting in Covid-19 bodies “piling up everywhere”.

“We have never had a scenario where bodies are found everywhere within the hospital, this is a clear exaggeration of our situation.

“Our patients and visitors can bear testimony to this.

“We have taken note of an allegation that there was a patient who got infected while admitted at our hospital.

“It is known scientifically that a Covid-19 PCR test has a sensitivity level that depends on a number of factors, chief of which is timing of the test in relation to exposure.

“Blaming the hospital for transmitting Covid-19 to a patient without evidence is dangerous and deceitful, especially considering not only the high community transmission levels, but implications of such unsubstantiated statements on our patients, staff and the public,” Dhire added.

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