Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Ndavaningi Nick Mangwana has said that only doctors can certify whether a person has died from coronavirus.
This comes after several people have claimed on social media that their relatives who died after exhibiting flu-like symptoms succumbed to the dreaded disease.
Posting on microblogging site Twitter, Mangwana said what really matters is what the doctors write on the death certificate. He wrote:
Some of us who are unfortunate to lose relatives exhibiting breathing probs during this #Covid19Zim Crisis will naturally suspect that they would have been taken by this virus.
It’s understandable, but a word of caution is to go with what doctors write on the Death Certificate.
Meanwhile, local online publication, ZimLive, has published several reports on people who allegedly succumbed to COVID-19 even though officials have not confirmed. Here are some of the queries directed at the Ministry of Health and Child Care:
1. On March 24, a man walked into Dema Police and said their relative had died from suspected Covid-19. Police took the body to Chitungwiza Hospital. They were screened and a man who reported dead relative had a temperature of 39.5°C. # What was done with the dead body, the relative & officers?
2. There are reports of a Chinese national and a Zimbabwean driver who died at ZESA Hwange – the suspicion being that this was from Covid-19. Has this come to the attention of the command centre? Have the bodies been tested for Covid-19? What’s been done to other employees?
3. An employee of the ZCDC who works at their sorting house, only known to us as Gamu, allegedly met Patient 2, who has since died, at a pub sometime this month. We understand she developed a fever, was sent home and now other sorters refusing to work. Familiar? Update on this?
4. A niece of this man named Jevas Mayowe, a lecturer at Morgan Zintech Braeside, says he died from coronavirus today and body has been sent to Moonlight. Care to shine some light on this for an anxious nation?
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