Coronavirus: More care centres to be rolled out, hunt for frontline medical practitioners on

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THE private sector has this week engaged government in a synergy which will see the setting up of dedicated coronavirus (COVID-19) care centres across the country, Zim Morning Post can reveal.

Wilkins Hospital was the only designated COVID-19 care centre, piling pressure on the frontline medical staff.

The setting up of at least five  new dedicated Covid-19 care facilities has seen the demand of medical practitioners including doctors and nurses to work on the frontline.

A nurse gets geared up in protective clothing at Wilkins Hospital

In an exclusive interview with Zim Morning Post on Wednesday, one of the chief coordinators of the project, Borrowdale Trauma centre owner Vivek Solanki said they were calling for willing nurses and doctors to come through for specialised training.

“Well, yes at this stage we are recruiting doctors and nurses who are willing to work in the frontline fighting COVID-19.

“They will undergo specialised training before we start attending to patients in a week or two.

“It’s a coordinated effort between the private sector and government through the Health ministry,” Solanki said.

“We have already identified the centres and we will start in Harare before rolling out to other provinces Bulawayo, Midlands and so on,” he added.

The medical staffers will be handsomely remunerated, it was revealed.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe this week recorded its third COVID-19 positive case, hot on the heels of her first casualty Zororo Makamba (30), who passed on Monday.

He was buried Tuesday at his family farm in Blue Ridge, Mashonaland East province.

Meanwhile, people with mild potential coronavirus symptoms – a continuous cough or fever – have been told to self-isolate for seven days, with 14-day isolation for households in which someone is ill.

Testing capacity, however, is being focused on patients admitted to Wilkins Hospital – with those self-isolating at home not tested.

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