#TalkingCOVID-19WithDrGrant: Removal Of Mandatory Institutional Quarantine For Returning Residents A Noble Move

Dr Grant Marewanhema

FROM the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Zimbabwe in March 2020, returning residents were mandated to go into quarantine in designated institutions, initially for 21 days, then for 14 and this was reduced in the past few weeks to 8 days. Recently a cabinet pronouncement was made that returning residents who test negative at points of entry no longer need to go into mandatory quarantine. By Dr Grant Murewanhema Before we critique this decision we have to go into the dynamics of transmission. Initially, the majority of confirmed cases…

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Gvt Continues To Distribute Hydroxchloroquine Despite Red Flag From Local Pharmacists

INFORMATION and broadcasting services minister, Honorable Monica Mutsvagwa says Hydroxchloroquine is still amongst some of the COVID-19 treatment medications  in stock in the country. By Michael Gwarisa This is however despite calls by local pharmacists to halt dispensing the drug for COVID-19 treatment until conclusive studies on the effectiveness of the drug in managing the disease have been arrived. In a media brief, minister Mutsvangwa said stocks of drugs and medicines used in the treatment of COVID19 symptoms continue to increase in the country. Presently our stocks include 27.6 million…

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How Zim Quarantine Centres Have Become Drivers Of COVID-19 Infections

CONSIDERING that Zimbabwe’s single most potent Covid19 threat has been from returnees, more effort should have been directed towards containment of the disease from those coming in. This includes a systemic process of testing and monitoring of those returning, and gradual reintegration into their communities. By Munyaradzi Madziwa The same measures being enforced amongst the general populace such as protective masks, sanitising and social distancing should apply to the returnees. Further than that returnees must be monitored daily for clinical signs and symptoms which might signal Covid-19 infection. In my…

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#JUSTIN: More Returnees Escape Zim COVID-19 Quarantine

MINISTRY of Information, publicity and broadcasting services permanent secretary, Nick Mangwana has announced that 18 returnees have escaped a quarantine facility at Mkoba teachers’ college in Gweru. By Michael Gwarisa Before the latest 18 escapees, Police Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi had announced that close to 100 returning residents had escaped from various quarantine centers where they were confined as part of mandatory measures to control the spread of Covid-19. Through his micro-blogging account, Mangwana said the escaped returnees might have bribed the gate security before they were granted passage.…

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#COVID-19: All Learning Institutions To Be Disinfected Before Reopening

MINISTER of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa has announced that government would soon be disinfecting all institutions of learning ahead schools and reopening scheduled for next month. By Michael Gwarisa In a media briefe, Hon Mutsvangwa said even though most institutions of learning had been turned into quarantine centers for returning citizens plans are already in place to de-congest the institutions and pave way for schools and universities reopening. Currently, some of our learning institutions are being used as quarantine centres.  With regards to the Cabinet decision…

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#COVID-19: Zimbabwe Blindly Dealing With COVID-19- ZADHR Report

ZIMBABWE’S COVID-19 management competencies fall far below the expected World Health Organisation (WHO) standards, a report by the Zimbabwe Association for Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) has gathered. HealthTimes Reporter According to the ZADHR “4th COVID-19 Monitoring and Advocacy Report: 20 May 2020,” Zimbabwe was not following proper consultation procedures in dealing with the pandemic. ZADHR notes with concern the lack of evidence-based decision making in informing the extension of the national lockdown in Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwean government has shown a lethargic approach towards conducting widespread PCR diagnostic tests for…

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