Zimbabwe’ Health Minister Obadiah Moyo said the country is now able to test for and diagnose the coronavirus (COVID-19) after attaining the necessary test kits.
Moyo told local media that Zimbabwe would be conducting tests at the National Health Laboratory Services housed at Sally Mugabe Hospital in the capital, Harare when he toured the institution. He said:
The reagents are now in the country. We can now do the tests locally, we do not have to send to South Africa anymore.
You can either test it through blood or nasopharyngeal swab. I was happy to hear that they can do quite a lot of samples in a short space of time.
We want to move further. We are sourcing for test kits that will enable us to get results within 15 minutes.
Questions have been raised about the country’s preparedness in dealing with the virus considering its dilapidated medical system and demoralised health care personnel.