Bulawayo Nurse With No Travel History Tests Positive For COVID-19

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

More: The Chronicle

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4 comments on “Bulawayo Nurse With No Travel History Tests Positive For COVID-19

  1. she is working in a hospital for crying out loud.she has a social life and the disease is not all about travelling.the millions of people dying did not travel

  2. what if she got it at work. lets not rule out any possibility. this way we can fast forward the efforts to trace and quarantine.
    It is my humblest opinion that the so called puzzle is not puzzling to me as this is an indicator of broader incidence rate than we have been led to believe.
    medically speaking its a sign that we are beyond the state figures as we may have other unreported, unidentified cases

    1. I think our health system is being unfair and irresponsible by not communicating the truth to us. If she’s a materdei nurse they should say so. Than mixing stories. Now we don’t know which is which.

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