40 Nurses Quarantined At Parirenyatwa After Treating Patient Believed To Have Malaria Only To test Covid-19 Positive. A Group of 40 nurses are being quarantined at Parirenyatwa hospital after being exposed to a patient who tested positive to COVID-19.
The Daily News reports that the patient was admitted at the hospital believed to having malaria and was having respective treatment only to be tested positive of coronavirus on the day of discharge. The Zimbabwe Health Apex Council has lamented the lack of Personal Protective Equipment for the nurses to such exposure. “The PPEs that are currently being provided are inadequate to give necessary protection to employees. For example, health workers are not wearing N95 respirator masks, but instead are being provided with surgical masks.
“Not only this, instead of wearing a gown they are provided with plastic aprons which are totally incapable of offering any protection against Covid-19. “Currently, we have an approximate number of 40 nurses who had to undergo quarantine after it was deemed they had been in contact with a Covid-19 patient at Parirenyatwa,” read an apex council letter to the Health Service Board.”