Zim can now diagnose coronavirus — Govt
During a tour of Sally Mugabe Hospital yesterday, Health minister Obadiah Moyo told the media that they now have the equipment required for diagnosis and will be testing at the National Health Laboratory Services housed at the central hospital.
“You can either test it through blood or nasopharyngeal swab (used to diagnose upper respiratory tract infections).
“I was happy to hear that they can do quite a lot of samples in a short space of time.
“One of the machines can give you up to 96 results within a two-hour period. We want to move further. We are sourcing for test kits that will enable us to get results within 15 minutes,” he said.
As a measure to prevent the spread of the deadly disease into the country, government has advised Zimbabweans intending to travel to China and other affected countries to defer their trips until the virus is eliminated.
“Our department of epidemiology worked on it and those are their requirements and they are yet to be met. We are also looking at getting support from other partners,” he said.