Mpilo Central Hospital acting chief executive officer Dr Solwayo Ngwenya says Zimbabweans’ tendency to wear masks on their chins is problematic as it puts them at risk of contracting the deadly novel coronavirus.
Speaking to the Chronicle on Thursday, Ngwenya urged people to use the reported mystery local transmissions as a wake-up call and to start acting responsibly. He said:
It is worrying that people continue to walk around wearing masks with the nose sticking out. If people are finding masks uncomfortable, they must know that there is nothing comfortable in using a ventilator. They won’t like it. The worst is yet to come. The country does not have enough resources.
We cannot have our hospitals filled with sick Covid-19 patients needing care. It will result in deaths and untold suffering for people.
Some people must act responsibly so that we make efforts to contain the virus. These source-unknown infections must teach us something.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZIMA) president Dr Francis Chiwora has urged the government to consider deferring the opening of schools following a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in the country and local transmissions whose source cannot be traced. Chawora said:
I think it’s worrisome that schools have opened, considering that children may not be the best group to observe Covid-19 prevention measures.
We call on Government to defer schools opening especially when considering what has happened in countries such as South Korea and France where after they opened schools, they started recording new cases which escalated rapidly. Those schools had better resources but were still forced to close, what of us?