The government has denied reports that they are concealing correct COVID-19 statistics to give a false impression that the virus is under control in Zimbabwe.
Deputy Health Minister Dr. John Mangwiro dispelled the story and said he doesn’t know why anyone would assume that the government was giving false information. Dr. Mangwiro also explained the data collection procedure that was undertaken by the ministry to come up with the figures and said:
The government has got representation all over the country. Our health system is well organized by the minister, it goes to the deputy minister, permanent secretary and each town has a representative and each province has a representative called a provincial medical director,
The provincial medical director has a direct link to district hospitals manned by district medical officers.
Each district hospital is responsible for clinics under that district and has a direct link to rural health centres.
Our systems are so well-organized and well-oiled that we collect data easily. We get accurate figures and information every time we need it.
I don’t know why a person assumes that Government is telling lies. The figures that we are bringing are cumulative of what is really happening on the ground.
The Government always gives people accurate figures because this is a serious case. Yesterday, 20 people died and its correct.
We take figures from all our provinces, all our districts and then publish them. These are correct figures, real time figures which we are giving out to the public.
He said the picture is not exaggerated as the government could not play with death and urged people to adhere to COVID-19 restriction measures and said:
We should not play around with death. Zimbabweans are dying because of Covid-19. It’s the truth. The picture is not exaggerated. It is what it is.
Zimbabweans should be alert. I hope that we do not lose more people to this pandemic. Let’s continue to mask up, let’s continue to sanitize and maintain social distance. Let’s stay at home and avoid crowding.
Nurses and other health care professionals have said the government is concealing data from health professionals who have tested positive for the virus and are working without PPE and possibly spreading the disease to people they are in contact with.
Source | ZBC