Family demands second Covid-19 tests on ex-minister’s late mom, results come out positive
By Health Reporter
EX-Minister Sylvester Nguni and family demanded second tests on his deceased mother with results confirming earlier reports the 82-year-old died of Covid-19.
Gogo Nguni, as she has been referred to in local media, died of the pandemic while admitted at Harare’s upmarket West End Clinic. She became the country’s oldest Covid-19 patient and death victim.
Her death outside a Covid-19 designated health centre has ignited outrage among locals who felt she was deliberately taken there because her links to a politician, in the process, endangering the lives of staff and other patients.
The family argues, since the outbreak was confirmed in the country, she never came into contact with any Covid-19 positive person, prompting second polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests which came out positive.
She lived with two house maids and two herders.
“Obviously someone brought the virus to Gogo and this is what we are trying to establish,” said principal director policy, planning, monitoring and evaluation in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Robert Mudyiradima.
“Our teams are already seized with the matter and we are hoping to have a clearer picture as soon as possible as contact tracing progresses both in Harare and Mhondoro.”