Health Authorities Hoping Not To Have “Unmanageable” Large Numbers Of People Requiring ICU Facilities

The chief coordinator for the national response to Covid-19 in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Agnes Mahomva (AM), says Zimbabwe is yet to reach a peak in the number of coronavirus infections adding that the country has to brace for the worst.

The doctor made the remarks during an interview with Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) chairman Trevor Ncube (TN) on the online talk show – In Conversation with Trevor.

Mahomva noted that the government’s modelling had shown that cases would start going up rapidly this month-end.

She speaks when Zimbabwe’s cases have surpassed the 2 000 mark last week with 2434 confirmed
cases as of Saturday, including 518 recoveries and 34 deaths.

Below are excerpts from the interview.

TN: As we sit here, Dr, do you think the worst is yet to come as far as the pandemic is concerned?
AM: I can say that, Trevor; our numbers are actually going up; we are not where we think we are flattening or going down.

TN: What does the worst look like for you, Dr?
AM: The worst-case scenario that we are planning for, we are hoping never to have, is to have large numbers of people requiring ICU facilities that we won’t be able to manage; but this is modelling and that is why we are pushing for prevention, we have to avoid those large numbers that require ICU.

I can’t give you the numbers, but when we started the modelling, we were looking at the numbers increasing end of July.

The numbers on those modelling for people needing critical care are much less than we anticipated.

The message I put across is we don’t know what will happen with this new disease but we are ready to tackle any challenge.

More: The Standard

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