64 Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital Staff Contract Coronavirus

Sixty-four health workers, including nurses and doctors, have so far tested positive for COVID-19 at Chinhoyi provincial hospital.

The hospital is Mashonaland West Province’s main referral health centre with a staff complement of over 600 health workers.

The hospital’s medical superintendent, Collet Mawire told NewZimbabwe.com that the facility has a huge shortage of personal protective equipment (PPEs) – clothes worn by health workers to reduce chances of contracting the coronavirus. Said Mawire:

I can confirm that 64 of our health workers, including nurses and doctors, have tested positive for COVID-19.

… We are at high risk because there is a massive shortage of PPEs, therefore, adequate PPEs should be made available for all frontline health workers because COVID-19 has not spared us as nurses and doctors.

Mawire said all the affected workers were self-isolating at their homes while those that needed hospitalisation would be the first patients to be admitted into the recently-commissioned COVID-19 isolation centre.

Mashonaland West Minister for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Mary Mliswa-Chikoka officially commissioned the COVID-19 isolation centre at Chinhoyi provincial hospital on Friday.

The centre has a Ward reserved for sick hospital staff where they would get treatment and the necessary palliative care.

More: NewZimbabwe.com

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