Zimbabwe | Coronavirus quarantined woman attempts suicide
The 27-year-old woman who recently traveled from the epicenter of the virus in Wuhan, China tested negative for the disease and was discharged after being briefly detained at Harare’s Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital.
In a sad development, Zimbabwe the woman who was recently quarantined to check if she had the deadly coronavirus attempted suicide.
However, after she was released the woman who has been repeatedly quarantined over fears of the disease, fell into a bout of severe depression and tried to take her own life. She is reported to have tried to kill herself by taking an overdose of the penicillin antibiotic. Fortunately, the suicide attempt was not successful and the woman has since been readmitted at Wilkins Hospital.
The woman who had travelled from Wuhan, China is reported to have felt stigmatized, neglected and traumatized after she was isolated and quarantined on three separate occasions. She was initially quarantined in China and was only allowed to travel back home after she had tested negative for the virus.
However, her flight went through South Africa where she was again isolated and quarantined before testing negative for the disease. She was then allowed to continue to Zimbabwe.
After finally making her way back home she was met at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe (RGM) International Airport and quarantined again at the Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital.
Again she tested negative for the coronavirus. However, the repeated isolation and quarantining seem to have taken a heavy toll on the poor woman who decided to take her own life.
To make the woman’s feelings of stigmatization and neglect, worse, some hospitals are reported to have refused to admit her and the City of Harare medical authorities were left with no option but to admit her at Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital.
Speaking to veteran journalist Stanley Gama, Harare City Health Director Dr Prosper Chonzi said,
“She took an overdose of tablets, she is depressed. She feels isolated and is traumatized. She has tested negative in China, Zim, SA and now Zim again. So nothing to fear. She is fine but needs serious counselling coz she thinks society has neglected her.”
Chonzi reiterated that he was going to do everything in his power to make sure that she receives all the help that she needs and that she does not make another attempt on her life. He also called on the people of Zimbabwe not to panic saying that the woman does not have the coronavirus.
“She has no coronavirus, people must not panic,”
On Thursday, the country’s biggest referral hospital, the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals revealed that they had referred the woman back to Wilkins Hospital for comprehensive evaluation and treatment. Part of the statement from Parirenyatwa Hospital reads,
We wish to confirm that the patient who was originally isolated at Wilkins Hospital for suspected COVID19 presented at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals on 26 February 2020. The patient was brought in by the City of Harare to our Mental Health Hospital where it was decided that the patient had to be seen by a physician first.
The psychiatrist followed up the patient and attended to her in our Casualty Department. Since consultations with the City of Harare were continuous throughout the process, the two parties eventually resolved that the patient should be referred back to Wilkins Hospitals where she is currently admitted for comprehensive evaluation and treatment.
Source – iHarare
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