Harare- The Zimbabwean Government has been taken to court over its failure to provide doctors and nurses working on the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
The Zimbabwe Association for Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) is seeking to compel the authorities urgently to provide PPE for medical practitioners, warning that medics in the troubled health sector will otherwise lose their lives.
“There are simply no adequate PPEs for health personnel working at public and private health facilities in the country. We attest to the shortages because we work there,” read the court application.
“If no urgent steps are taken to address the shortcomings, the country will be caught unprepared to handle a possible escalation of the Covid-19 pandemic and many lives will be lost, sadly including the lives of those at the frontline.”
ZADHR said 1,500 staff working in public hospitals require at least three masks daily, a “luxury” that the government is failing to provide.
“Yet it is a necessity if we are to avert the Italian disaster, where a large number of health practitioners got infected through the provision of health services to patients,” the statement said.
Since Zimbabwe recorded its first positive case last month, testing has lagged behind. To date Zimbabwe has recorded eleven official cases and three deaths of Covid-19
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