Malaria patient at Parirenyatwa hospital tests positive for coronavirus
By Health Reporter
A male patient who has been admitted for malaria treatment at Parirenyatwa hospital in the last past four days has tested positive for Covid-19.
This was confirmed Tuesday by the government medical facility which said the patient has been quarantined in his own separate room.
Hospital staff and those who have came into contact with the patient have also been quarantined.
Said the hospital, “A Covid-19 positive case which had been admitted for management of slide positive malaria on 24 April, 2020 was identified at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals,” said the hospital in a statement.
“As management, we have since activated the Covid-19 Rapid Response Team and we are taking measures for continued isolation of the confirmed case in his private room while awaiting discharge formalities and recovery at home where he will be followed up on.
“Giving psychological support to the exposed staff which will be counselled, tested and managed accordingly. The Hospital ward will be decontaminated in accordance with national guidelines.”
The revelations could be a source of worry for authorities and Zimbabweans in general following a recent spike in malaria deaths as the country concentrated efforts towards combating the scourge of Covid-19.