AS the third wave of Covid-19 infections continues to take its toll on Zimbabwe, the situation is dire in the country’s dedicated Covid-19 hospitals with the majority of patients admitted in there failing to come out alive, a medical doctor has revealed in a heart-wrenching video.
Dr Tinashe Gede, who works at St. Anne’s Hospital in Avondale, Harare, urged people to focus more on prevention of the disease as once hit, chances of making it out are narrow. Dr Gede recorded a video which has since trended on social media, saying patients must seek proper healthcare once infected.
He said that the majority of patients coming into hospital do so when it would be too late to save the situation. Some would have first wasted time trying unconventional methods to treat themselves, said the medical doctor.
Dr Gede is a specialist of Internal Medicine who did his residency in the United States and returned to practice medicine in Zimbabwe. He is actively involved in TB and crypto meningitis projects and is also a consultant at Parirenyatwa Hospital.
He called on Zimbabweans to focus more on preventing the disease, including sanitizing, social distancing and staying at home as per lockdown guidelines. In any case, Dr Gede said he country’s medical facilities can barely cope and are overwhelmed with the numbers, hence it was important to emphasize on prevention. Watch the video below:
The Ministry of Health and Child Care’s daily situation report says a total of 2 683 new cases and 50 deaths were reported yesterday. The seven-day rolling average for new cases fell to 2163 from 2186 the previous day. Cumulatively, the country has recorded 88 415 Covid 19 cases, 58 155 recoveries and 2 747 deaths.
As of July 19, 3pm, there were 811 hospitalised cases, of which 109 were new admissions, 259 asymptomatic, 432 mild to moderate, 97 severe and 23 in intensive care units. The national recovery rate now stands at 66 percent with 2 441 recoveries reported yesterday alone.
The national level four lockdown is still in place and the Health and Child Care Ministry has declared Hurungwe, Kariba, Makonde, Bindura, Centenary, Seke, Goromonzi, Chiredzi, Zaka, Harare’s northern suburbs, Nkulumane, Emakhandeni and Kwekwe as hotspots.