INFORMATION, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa has cautioned health institutions against refusing to admit patients who do not have COVID-19 test results.
By Michael Gwarisa
In a media brief, Minister Mutsvangwa said refusing to admit patients for any reasons was illegal and in contravention of the country’s public health act.
The Taskforce was informed that some private and public institutions are refusing to admit patients who have no COVID19 test results. This is contrary to provisions of the Public Health Act and Government warns those medical facilities who have been contravening this Act.
“All hospitals both public and private should admit all patients without the pre-requirement of a COVID-19 test and proceed to do a PCR test on admission. The latter will determine whether the patient will be further managed in the green or red zone,” said minister Mutsvangwa.
Meanwhile, she added that an analysis of COVID19 hotspots continues to be made across the country in order to channel the proper resources to these hotspots and the latest hotspots to be analyzed are the Fresh Vegetable markets in Harare and Bulawayo.
“It was noted that persons from different environs visit these markets and testing would give an indication of infection rates. The Harare Rapid Response Teams conducted tests at Mbare Musika yesterday and today and of those tested, 7 (8.75%) were positive.
“It was also noted that there is high risks posed by these markets which include: crowding of clients, poor sanitation conditions for vendors and no easy donning of masks by the general public and vendors.This errant behavior in the form of continued disregard of COVID19 containment measures which includes physical distancing, wearing of face masks and sanitization is also being witnessed in public spaces such as supermarkets, malls and banking halls.”
She added that four additional teams Rapid Response Teams are now being established, 2 for Chitungwiza, 1 for Ruwa and 1 for Epworth.