Zimbabwe Association of Doctors fr Human Rights (ZADHR) have demanded that authorities investigate probe prominent medical practitioners who are allegedly running parallel coronavirus treatment programmes
The association wrote the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Agnes Mahomva on April 9, 2020, citing Trauma Centre Borrowdale owner Vivek Solanki as one such medical practitioner involved in private testing of the virus.
ZADHR board secretary Norman Matara said Solanki was reportedly involved in the setting up of a COVID-19 designated facility at the Rock Foundation Medical Centre in Mt Pleasant, Harare. He said:
In that regard, we kindly request your office to conduct an investigation into the operations of Dr Vivek Solanki with regards to the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
Matara said that the official position was that COVID-19 patients are being managed in State and local authority-run facilities in Zimbabwe hence the need to probe into the matter.
Zimbabwe has so far recorded 11 confirmed positive cases of the deadly pandemic including three deaths, but reports of parallel testing cast official report in doubt.
Others also believe that massive testing can result in more cases being recorded. As of Thursday, only 438 tests had been conducted.
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