‘Bulawayo Covid-19 death exposes govt’
By Tariro Masunda
Following the controversial circumstances surrounding the country’s second coronavirus death on Saturday the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) has expressed concern about government’s state of preparedness in handling severe COVID-19 cases.
The doctors said the patienyt had the cardinal symptoms of COVID-19 infection on March 23, and that should have been enough to trigger isolation and a visit by the Rapid Response Team, with samples for testing taken there and then.
In a recent statement, the ZADHR said they were also worried about the exposure of health workers in private and public facilities who were working without protective personal equipment.
The doctors further expressed their concern over tests results that were taking too long to come out.
The ZADHR also believed the government was neglecting other regions outside Harare.
Meanwhile Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday announced that it was working round-the-clock to address concerns raised by the doctors.
Mnangagwa said this after holding a meeting with professionals working on the frontline.
“We shall now move with greater speed to provide workers in the frontline with all the adequate personal protective equipment and personal protective clothing as well as the requisite training to ensure their safety in the wake of the Covid-19 threat.” he said.