A local obstetrician who is also a lecturer in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Midlands State University (MSU), Dr Johannes Mukwembi has conducted Zimbabwe’s first cesarean section on a COVID-19 pregnant woman in Gweru.
By Michael Gwarisa
The lady, a returnee from South Africa, was the first COVID-19 case to be reported in Gweru and the Midlands province last week while residing at Mkoba quarantine centre.
In a letter directed to the Midlands State University (MSU)Executive Dean, Faculty Of Medicine in the faculty of medicine, Dr Reginald Hove said the operation was conduncted under strict infection prevention measures.
This to Inform you that with the authorization of the medical superintendent of Gweru Provincial Hospital, Dr Fabian Mashingaidze, the first ever Cesarean section on a COVID-1 pregnant woman in Zimbabwe was successfully conducted today at Gweru Provincial Hospital under strict infection prevention control measures.
“The patient is one of the four COVID-19 citizens in the Midlands Province who was in quarantine after returning to Zimbabwe. The obstetrician who carried out the the successful operation was Dr Johaness Mukwembi of the MSU Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,” said Dr Hove.
Meanwhile, a team of anesthetists were also present and these include Dr Tafadzwa Mutukwa and Dr Prince Tineyi Murambi of the MSU Department of Anesthesia.
Both mother and baby are well and will spend the next three days in an isolation room adjacent to the operating room. We sincerely thank the team for their benevolent spirit and work ethic to assist a fellow Zimbabwean, in the spirit of the stigma, fear and danger associated with COVOID-19.”