Stick to WHO guidelines, ZADHR urges govt

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THE Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) has urged the government to review its decision to reduce coronavirus (Covid-19) mandatory quarantine days as it risks releasing infected persons, the Daily News reports.

This comes after the government announced that travellers who enter the country will now be subjected to mandatory quarantine for seven days due to lack of resources.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that travellers be quarantined for 14 days.
ZADHR chairperson Fortune Nyamande warned that the government risks releasing people who are in the incubation period, but infected with Covid-19.

“The risks of reducing quarantine days to seven include releasing people who are still in the incubation period and asymptomatic but infected with Covid-19.

“This may facilitate further community transmission, making it difficult to trace contacts, isolate cases and come up with an effective national response to the pandemic.

“The government must reconsider this decision and stick to the WHO recommendations. The government could consider other innovative financing options to cater for those in quarantine,” Nyamande said.

Initially, Zimbabwe was placing people entering the country on quarantine for 21 days, longer that the WHO-recommended period.

People entering the country are now tested for Covid-19 eight days after arriving in the country using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).

If they test negative, they are released under instruction to continue self-isolating at home while those who test positive are taken into isolation for further management.

Upon reaching day 21, those who would have been released are followed up on and are tested for the second time using the PCR testing method.

To date, the country has recorded 40 confirmed cases of Covid-19. Of these, five have recovered while four succumbed to the disease.

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