Harare City Council director for health services Dr Prosper Chonzi has claimed that medical caregivers at Wilkins Hospital did all they could to save the life of Zororo Makamba who succumbed to coronavirus on Monday.
Dr Chonzi added that before admitting Zororo into the isolation facility, Wilkins took oxygen tanks to the deceased’s house twice, against standard procedure, which was administered per mask.
The Herald asked Chonzi why Makamba was put in an ordinary ward with no adequate facilities to take care of his condition and he responded saying that at the time Makamba was admitted, the wing which was previously reserved for coronavirus cases was undergoing renovations and the hospital had to improvise. He added:
Not all Covid-19 patients require ventilators, a majority will recover without them. It is unfortunate, we started with one of the worse cases which required a ventilator.
There are reports suggesting that all referral and private hospitals in the city had refused to take in Makamba for intensive care, which could have seen him put on a ventilator.
Makamba family is accusing the hospital of not doing enough to save the life of the 30-year-old journalist.
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