Zimbabwe’s Health Service Board says seven frontline workers in the country have died from Covid-19 while more than 1 500 others are battling the disease.
Board Chairperson Dr Paulinus Sikhosana said on Wednesday, “The Health Service Board and Ministry of Health and Child Care note with great concern that of close to 50,000 members of the health service, 1,547 health workers are reported to have tested positive for infection by Covid-19, and that 7 are reported to have succumbed to the infection.”
Dr Sikhosana said more nurses have been employed to help cope with the virus’ resurgence
“With Treasury authority, the Health Service Board is employing an additional 500 nurses.
“The available 200 nurses have already been deployed as follows – 80 to Parirenyatwa (30 of whom will support Wilkins Infectious Hospital), 70 to United Bulawayo Hospitals (20 to support Thorngroove Infectious Hospital) and 50 to Matabeleland South (support surge from border crossings).”
Dr Sikhosana said 49 junior doctors have been deployed to five central hospitals across the country.
Zimbabwe, like much of the world, is battling a second wave of Covid-19. It has recorded over 550 deaths since March 2020, with cumulative cases now at more than 23 239. Authorities in the Southern African country reintroduced tighter lockdown on January 5 2021 as cases surged. This has seen school opening deferred indefinitely and non-essential activities halted. 144 deaths were reported in the first 10 days of 2021.