The Vice President Kembo Mohadi while touring a quarantine facility in Mashava in Masvingo lamented the reports he was getting that some returnees were overstaying at quarantine facilities and results were delaying which was frustrating some returnees to the point of escaping from the centres, Health Times reports.
Addressing the media after the tour, VP Mohadi said:
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We hear some people have stayed in the quarantine centres for more than the stipulated 21 days with no results given…We call on the ministry to dispatch results on time…failure to do so results in some people escaping which should not be…
We encourage those who have escaped to return. In the meantime the ministry of health must expedite the testing and results to minimise delays,
Mohadi’s comments were further emphasised by Zimbabwe Doctors For Human Right’s Dr Norman Matara who said:
We have reports of four returning residents who were beaten up for breaking the law. They had escaped from the quarantine centres due to the inhuman conditions. Some returning residents have stayed in quarantine for more than the stipulated 21 days with no results given.
Some have ended up escaping…the legal route must be used to address those escaping not beating them up…Returning residents have become prisoners of quarantine facilities due to overcrowding they may acquire COVID in quarantine centres
This further confirmed what the doctors said before that the state of the quarantine facilities was deplorable.
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