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Zimbabwe’s health delivery system scores another milestone

By Almot Maqolo

Zimbabwe has successfully conducted the delivery of its index case for a pregnant mother who tested positive for Covid-19, Health and Child Care acting permanent secretary Dr Gibson Mhlanga said.

Mhlanga said the baby was delivered through a caesarean section for an obstetric indication at Gweru Provincial Hospital today. “The operation went well with full adherence to standard IPC guidelines. Both mother and baby are stable and admitted in isolation at the hospital,” he said.

“We congratulate the mother, the father and the family. We would like to thank health workers at all levels in Ministry of Health and Child Care departments and partners who contributed in various ways towards the this good outcome. We would like to specifically thank and applaud the multidisciplinary team at Gweru Provincial Hospital, the leadership of the hospital and the provincial leadership for exemplary team work and job well done.”

The lessons from this case will be used to model responses and management of similar cases in future, he added. As of yesterday, the southern African nation recorded 76 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the country’s tally to 132. This was the sharpest daily rise in Covid-19 cases the country has registered and is partly explained by the government’s expanded testing regime now in place.

All the new cases were found in quarantine centres in Masvingo and Beitbridge, in returnees from South Africa where Covid-19 infections are over 25 000. Only one case, among the latest, was recorded in Harare.

However, the government has vastly stepped up its Covid-19 testing and control regime, especially around border areas to intercept cases among returnees before they transmit the virus inland. Zimbabwe is currently in level 2 national lockdown for an indefinite period to slow the spread of Covid-19.

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