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Is Zimbabwe prepared for the Coronavirus?


Is Zimbabwe prepared for the Coronavirus? The coronavirus has been causing widespread fear and pandemonium in first world countries. The virus, which was first positively diagnosed in China, has now been confirmed in 7 other countries, mostly those in the first world with advanced technology.

The biggest threat now facing the universe is how prepared Africa is in general and particularly Zimbabwe should the virus reach our shores. One wonders if Zimbabwe is even ready to detect the coronavirus let alone quarantine the affected as has been seen in other countries.

Stress levels have reached the peak amongst Zimbabweans following recent reports that at least 22 people onboard a Zimbabwe-bound flight from Wuhan City were under surveillance on suspected virus infection – posing a threat to the ailing country’s health system. The country’s ports of entry host a huge influx of Chinese nationals and hundreds of Zimbabwean students studying in China – many of whom have come for holidays.

The death toll from the Wuhan coronavirus now stands at 80, with almost 2,800 cases confirmed across China, as the country initiates emergency procedures to try and rein in the pathogen’s global spread.

In this regard, the Zimbabwean government issued a statement through the Ministry of Health and Child Care Services, warning its citizens both in China and in the country over the escalated Coronavirus spread.

Addressing a combined interagency coordination committee on health and the national task force on epidemic-prone diseases meeting on Friday last week, Ministry of Health and Child Care Director for Epidemiology Dr. Portia Manangazira said the people are currently being monitored for this yet to be declared public health pandemic of international concern and the country’s points of entry are on full throttle using World Health Organization’s case detection guidelines for surveillance of this respiratory virus.

She said they have to make sure that whoever is coming in from Wuhan is monitored for early detection of infection so they know what to do.

“So we have to alert the multiple sectors in terms of our border authorities that is the ZIMRA, immigration, our own port health colleagues, ministry of agriculture is, fortunately, present at the borders as well as the response mechanisms that are largely represented in this room. Joint prevention and control of pneumonia outbreaks caused by the novel coronavirus” said Dr Managazira.

World Health Organisation Zimbabwe Disease Prevention and Control Officer Dr. Anderson Chimosoro said WHO does not recommend restriction on travels or trade for people infected with the novel coronavirus.

“At this stage, there are no indications that there should be restrictions. It is prudent to advise our population or health workers on the need to reduce the general risk of acute respiratory infections by following some of these measures which include avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections, frequent handwashing especially after in contact with the people or their environment. Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals. Many of us are farmers so we need to be careful with our animals,” he said.

The national disaster response strategies are said to be ready to address any sort of potentially pandemic severe infections by the national task force.

Source – iHarare

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If you suspect you have COVID-19 infection or wish to obtain more information on this disease, please call the Ministry of Health and Child Care on toll-free hotline number 2019 for assistance +263714734593 or +263774112531