Harare-Zimbabwe is sitting on Covid-19 health time bomb as government has failed to comply with a court order compelling to provide them with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Chairman of the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR), Fortune Nyamande has said.
“The PPE situation remains very critical. We have not received any positive feedback from health workers countrywide (that government had started supplying the equipment),” said Nyamande
He added that there has been no indication from government how it wanted to proceed. “We are consulting with our lawyers how to seek enforcement of the High Court order in view of the continued exposure of health workers.”
In the United Kingdom, at least 100 healthcare workers have died of coronavirus, according to Nursing Notes, a platform run by nurses in that country.
On April 14 the High Court of Zimbabwe ordered the government to provide personal protective equipment for frontline health workers across the country to protect them against contracting COVID-19 while attending to patients.
ZADHR went to court to argue that the State was putting them at risk by not providing them with PPE.
The government was also not carrying out tests on the frontline health personnel, putting them and patients at risk of infection.
“A few health workers were screened using the rapid diagnostic test kits last week. The numbers are still very low and almost insignificant,” Nyamande said. The tests used are also not the diagnostic PCR tests which are the gold standard in diagnosing COVID-19. All registered health workers in Zimbabwe are at risk, both private and public practitioners.”
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