Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals and Chitungwiza Health Department have been forced to cut down their operations after some of their staff members contracted the coronavirus in recent weeks.
The development was announced in a statement that was issued Thursday by Parirenyatwa spokesperson, Linos Dhire, who observed that scaling down operations will greatly affect patients. Read the statement:
We would like to advise our patients on chemotherapy and the general public that our radiotherapy centre has not been spared the effects of Covid-19.
Some staff members and patients have been infected and this is posing serious risks. Chemotherapy patients are most vulnerable as their immunity may be impaired by their treatment and disease.
In the meantime, hospital authorities are reviewing relevant protocols to safeguard both patients and staff; our doctors are reviewing patients on a case-by-case basis and making appropriate decisions.
Meanwhile, Chitungwiza City Health Department revealed that at least one of its staff members had died while seven have been infected by the deadly virus. In a Thursday statement, Chitungwiza town clerk, Tonderai Kasu, said:
Even before the onset of the pandemic, Chitungwiza Municipality was short of health professionals. The current circumstances have worsened these shortages of qualified staff.
As a result of the current severe staff shortages, and with immediate effect, Chitungwiza Municipality will be temporarily closing one of its municipal clinics; that is St Mary’s Clinic.
This clinic shall remain open for emergency cases only; all non-emergency cases that would normally be attended to at St Mary’s shall be attended to at Zengeza Clinic for the time being.
This comes when Zimbabwe has been hit by the second wave of the deadly coronavirus pandemic that has since killed over 630 people since March last year.
The announcement is also made amid calls for the government to provide frontline workers with personal protective equipment (PPEs) to shield them from the virus.
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