Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals has denied social media claims that four of its employees have contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
The hospital’s public relations officer Linos Dhire said none of the hospital’s 98 staff members who were subjected to an immuno-chromatographic screening test tested positive for COVID-19. He said:
We have once again noted that there are some unscrupulous people circulating falsehood on social media claiming that four of our staff members including nurses tested positive for COVID-19.
To put the record straight, none of our staff members tested positive for the SARS-CoV 2 which causes COVID-19.
The facts of the matter are that 98 of our frontline staff members went through an immuno-chromatographic screening test.
Of the 98 who were screened using this particular tool, five required definitive testing method and were sent for rt-PCR which is a confirmatory test. We wish to announce that all the five members who were eventually tested using rt-PCR were confirmed negative for the COVID-19.
The statement followed a tweet by one Dr Chris Kandeya who said four employees including two nurses tested positive blaming the health ministry for not doing due diligence in contact tracing.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe has 28 confirmed cases, three deaths and two recoveries from COVID-19.