#COVID-19: Majority Zim COVID-19 Patients Being Managed From Home…Most Cases Have Mild Symptoms

A number of COVID-19 cases in Zimbabwe are showing mild symptoms and are being managed from home, newly appointed acting permanent secretary in the ministry of health and child, Dr Gibson Mhlanga has said.

By Michael Gwarisa

The world over, patients who have mild illness, such as low-grade fever, cough, malaise, rhinorrhoea, sore throat without any warning signs, such as shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing, increased respiratory (i.e. sputum or haemoptysis), gastro-intestinal symptoms such as nausea may not need hospitalization  unless there is concern for rapid clinical deterioration.

In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Mhlanga said even though he didn’t have the exact figures at hand of those being managed from home by the time of this interview, there was a silver lining to The Zimbabwe COVID-19 battle.

Most of our cases are being managed from home as long as there is presence of a health expert and inspectors who constantly check that the home quarantine regulations are not being flouted.

“In Bulawayo we once a had a family  who flouted regulations and we had to put them in a health facility where they would be monitored by health experts,” said Dr Mhlanga.

He added that government was strictly following the mandatory quarantine regulations for those coming into the country and they have arrangements for anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms to get expert medical assistance.

“For those coming in from outside the country, there is mandatory quarantine where we put them in institutions that we have established around the country to handle returnees. Should anyone test positive for COVID-19 while under quarantine, we have made arrangements that they be admitted in our health facilities managing COVID-19 where they get care a treatment.”

Zimbabwe has 46 cases of COVID-19 including 4 deaths and 18 recoveries, bringing the total number of active COVID-19 cases to 24. Over the past few weeks, COVID-19 cases haven’t been growing rapidly. At some point, the country went for a whole week without any new case having been recorded.

“This shows that as Zimbabwe, we are getting few people coming in or locally who have the disease. If it was true that we are not testing enough and we are missing some cases, I am sure we would be having people dying from unfamiliar ailments.

“Our surveillance system to track and find cases is very strong and because of that, we have managed to catch a number of cases earlier,” said Dr Mhlanga.

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