April 6, 2020

Doctors sue Zimbabwe Government over Covid-19

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ZTN Correspondent

Medical doctors in Zimbabwe have approached the High Court to compel Government to intensify Coronavirus testing and provide adequate personal protective equipment for health personnel.

The Zimbabwe Doctors for Human Rights filed an urgent chamber application on Monday with Ministers Dr Obadiah Moyo (Health and Child Care); Professor Mthuli Ncube (Finance) and Joel Biggie Matiza (Transport) as first, second and third respondent, respectively.

The doctors are represented by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.

Dr Moyo said he is yet to be served with the papers.

He has, however, previously stated that authorities were prioritising PPEs.

ZDHR secretary-general Dr Norman Matara told ZTN News: “The Government has that obligation to make sure that health workers are protected from this infection. We need to protect our frontline soldiers who are battling this virus.

“We need adequate protection for them. Even those in private practice are being affected because patients first consult private doctors.”

Zimbabwe, like much of the world, is battling to contain the spread of Coronavirus with nine positive cases and one death recorded so far.

The country’s test rate is low at 358 since the outbreak.

Coronavirus first broke out in China in December 2019, and has spread to at least 209 countries. The virus causes a disease known as Covid-19.

According to the World Health Organisation, 1 174 855 cases have been confirmed globally, with 64 471 deaths recorded.

Covid-19 symptoms are fever, tiredness, dry cough, nasal congestion, a sore throat and diarrhoea. Who says one out of every six people with Covid-19 “becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing”.

More people are susceptible to infection as no one has developed immunity to this new disease, experts say.

The Zimbabwe Government ordered a 21-day lockdown, which began on March 30.

United Kingdom-based doctor, Farai Makoni, said, “There is evidence clearly to show that implementation of things like the lockdown helps with human-to-human transmission, which is quite reduced when we have social distancing that is brought about by lockdowns.”

On Monday, South Africa had recorded 1 655 cases and 11 deaths, while Namibia had 16 cases, Zambia 39, Mozambique 10, Malawi four and Botswana six cases. Lesotho is the only African country without cases.  

Africa has recorded 9,310 cases and 444 deaths, numbers which are relatively low compared with Europe and the United States. 

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