Health and Childcare Minister Obadiah Moyo said his Ministry has been carrying out simulations for such diseases as Ebola even before the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Moyo added that the simulations have been successful, making the country’s health delivery system ready for disease outbreaks such as COVID-19. He said:
We also have been carrying out simulations and the simulations we were carrying out before we knew about this Coronavirus were based on Ebola. We were saying, let us just simulate an exercise; we assume that we have two or three cases of people who have come into our country with Ebola, what do we do?
So we did that simulation exercise and it was very successful. It helps us to be able to put up the system that we have now for the Coronavirus. We have also done a similar one for the Coronavirus. I have also participated in it at the Wilkins hospital.
Moyo made the remarks in the National Assembly while responding to Harare East legislator Tendai Biti who had urged the government to consider establishing a Centre for Disease Control (CDC) to help deal with unexplained epidemics like coronavirus, Ebola and SARS.