Of the three new COVID-19 cases recorded in Zimbabwe over the past few days, one of them is a nurse at a local hospital in Bulawayo, The Chronicle reports.
According to the publication, the 34-year-old lady had no recent travel history only presented as case 15 was picked during a routine procedure and her case remains a puzzle.
Speaking about the case, Bulawayo City Council (BCC) health services director Dr Edwin Sibanda said;
She is a health worker in one of our local hospitals but we cannot disclose much on her at the moment and where she works as we don’t want to cause unnecessary alarm. We are following up on her contacts while she is self-isolating at home. We are also yet to communicate with the relevant officials regarding her case
Dr Sibanda said although the issue of inadequate PPE was worrisome in the situation, it doesn’t mean the nurse contracted the virus at work:
Obviously the issue of PPE is of paramount importance. But we have to be clear that health workers are not just exposed when they are in their work stations. They can be exposed at home. The virus just like HIV or TB can infect the health workers outside their work stations
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