Ministry Of Health COVID-19 Update – 18 April 2020

The Health and Child Care Ministry has issued the following statement updating the nation on COVID-19 cases.

Today. a total of 133 tots were done as detailed in the table I below, giving a total of 2 626 screening and diagnostic tests done to date.

All PCR tests done in Bulawayo today, were negative for COVID-19, whilst one of the PCR tests done in Harare today was positive. This case involves a client with a history of travel from Europe. More details to follow.

Therefore. to date. Zimbabwe now has twenty-five confirmed cases, including two recoveries and three deaths.

In line with the Ministry’s plan to build the capacity of health care workers on COVID-19 epidemic preparedness and response, a total of 90 clinicians from Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, Chitungwiza Central Hospital, Sally Mugabe Central Hospital and the private sector in Harare completed training in COV1D-19 case management at the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre. This training was conducted with technical and financial support from the World Health Organisation. The trained clinicians will cascade the training at their institutions, and among fellow Private practitioners. Case management training in the remaining nine provinces is scheduled this week.

Additionally, training of health care workers in enhanced surveillance across all provinces is in progress, in line with our intensified surveillance strategy for COVID-19. The Ministry continues to be on II IGII alert to the COV1D-19 pandemic and would like to remind the nation that, the most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to practise good personal hygiene and exercise social distancing.

For assistance, please call the COVID-19 tollfree hotline number: 2019.


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