Parirenyatwa Hospital Records First Coronavirus COVID-19 Case
A COVID-19 case has been confirmed at the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals.
However, authorities at the referral hospital allayed fears of a possible closure saying they had already disinfected the ward the patient was admitted.
Initially, the patient had been admitted as a Malaria patient before it turned out he also had Covid-19. Linos Dhire, the hospital’s head of public relations, said everything was under control.
“We are not closing since we have disinfected the place, we have strong chemicals. “We are going to follow strict measures accordingly,” said Dhire.
Prior to the interview, the hospital had issued a statement over the incident which read: “As part of the escalated mitigatory measures against Covid-19 which include case finding through mandatory testing of front-line staff and admitted patients, a Covid-19 positive case which had been admitted for management of slide positive Malaria on April 24 was identified at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals.
“The patient had responded well to the Malaria treatment and was due for discharge,” read the statement.
The institution said they have since taken measures. “As management, we have since activated the Covid-19 Rapid Response Team and we are taking the following measures.
1. Continued isolation of the confirmed case in his private room while waiting for discharge formalities and recovery at home where he will be following up.
2. Ensuring the safety of staff and other patients through strengthened Infection Prevention and Control measures. Exposed staff will be counseled, tested, and managed accordingly.
3. Giving psychosocial support to the exposed staff.
4. Decontamination will be done in accordance with national guidelines
5. Testing of frontline staff and admitted patients will continue and appropriate support rendered to those in need.
6. Refurbishment of the Premier Covid-19 Treatment Centre at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals is almost complete.
7. As such, the hospital will soon be able to admit Covid-patients.
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