Reports that public hospitals are under strain due to a shortages of beds and equipment are exaggerated, says Vice President
Zimbabwean Health Minister Constantino Chiwenga has denied reports that the country’s hospitals are overwhelmed amid a surge in the coronavirus, calling them an “exaggeration.”
“The recent escalation of cases of the pandemic in the country caused a high demand for health care,” Chiwenga said in an emailed statement.
“Nonetheless, let me reassure citizens that Zimbabwe’s public and private health institutions still have adequate capacity to offer health services to all patients.”
Should Covid-19 infections continue to rise, additional public hospitals may be directed to admit cases, Chiwenga said.
At present, the Parirenyatwa facility in the capital, Harare, is the main provider of care to patients with the virus.
New rules on burials
The government of Zimbabwe has issued fresh directives on how covid-19 victims must be laid to rest.
Now, the deceased must be buried in the city where they died. The move is to help curtail further spread of the coronavirus across the Southern African nation.
But the issue is this is not a culture in a country where the dead is buried in the same place as their ancestors.
”I don’t think dead bodies are harmful because it’s just taking the body and burying it. I think the only thing they should ban maybe its viewing, if it’s contagious maybe viewing yes but transporting the body that is in a casket, I don’t see anything that is bad about transporting the body to their respective places”, taxi driver, Chakanetsa Hafandi said
A local resident Kepe Kepe said ”It’s just like cremation and this also is uncultured because the departed should be buried where they were born and bred. We only came to the city to work and look for money and we get buried were our ancestors live.”
It is unclear whether all bodies will now be treated as COVID-19 cases. Covid-19 infections has so far claimed 507 lives in Zimbabwe.
The country has recently witnessed a surge in COVID-19 infections, recording 21,477 cases and 507 deaths since the first reported case on March 20, 2020.
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