Home LOCAL NEWS “Only Dire Emegencies Will Be Admitted” – Parirenyatwa Hospital

“Only Dire Emegencies Will Be Admitted” – Parirenyatwa Hospital

Peope arrive at the entrance of the Accident and Emergency Department of the Parirenyatwa hospital in Harare September 9, 2019. - For Zimbabwe's doctors, few institutions reflect their country's decay under Robert Mugabe than the once-vaunted public hospitals, now deteriorated, under-equipt and failing. In Zimbabwe, medics say, latex gloves serve as urine bags, operating rooms lack of light bulbs and patients are often forced to refuel their own ambulances. Mugabe, who died last week in Singapore at age 95, may have swept to power as a liberation hero, but his rule was marked by economic collapse that left his people scrambling to survive. Local doctors noted the symbolism of Mugabe seeking treatment 8,000 km from home in Singapore's modern Gleneagles clinic where a private suite can cost more than $1,000 a day. (Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP)

Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals has announced that they will be admitting dire emergencies only as a way to curb spreading the novel coronavirus, in light of the upsurge in COVID-19 cases in Zimbabwe since the onset of the pandemic in Zimbabwe.

The hospital also revealed that 70 Parirenyatwa hospital staff members have tested positive for the virus since 9 July up to date.

Read the hospital’s full statement on the matter below:


Having noted the increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the community and among Health Care Workers and the lack of personnel due to the ongoing industrial action, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals is taking the following steps with immediate effect:

  1. All staff members, patients and visitors should have a temperature screen on entry into the hospital.
  2. Only dire emergencies will be admitted.
  3. All new and current in-patients will have PCR tests done.
  4. All patients and staff will be assumed COVID positive unless tested and confirmed otherwise.
  5. Dire surgical emergencies which can’t wait for PCR results before intervention will be swabbed but operated on with all relevant IPC measures being taken with the assumption of them being pos-itive until proven otherwise. The anesthetic, surgical, theatre and ward staff should all agree on the necessity of proceeding in those circumstances.
  6. All staff should at least have a baseline PCR test before 31 July 2020 and subsequently be tested as per national guidelines.
  7. Isolation of staff will be guided by the National and WHO guidelines.
  8. All areas will have regular disinfection or fumigation in addition to standard guidelines when a positive case is picked.
  9. All other protocols and SOPs should be adhered to, for example, movement of patients to the red zone and handling of suspect cases.

Zimbabwe as of last night has recorded 2295 COVID-19 cases including 32 deaths.


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