Mpilo Central Hospital authorities have dismissed, as fake, a report claiming that the institution recorded 206 COVID-19 positive cases among members of staff last year.
The statement, signed by Abinel Nyoni, who is said to be the infection control focal at the hospital, was widely shared on social media platforms.
It claimed that 87 general nurses, 68 student nurses, 12 pharmacists, nine doctors, seven nurse aides, two from the laboratory department, two security guards, four primary counsellors and three other support staff had tested positive for coronavirus.
However, Mpilo clinical director, Solwayo Ngwenya, told the Daily News that the statement is fake and causing unnecessary alarm. He said:
That statement is fake and you can’t be writing about that. This is just causing unnecessary alarm.
We are not associated with this and l wouldn’t want to comment further on the issue.