PARIRENYATWA Group of Hospitals on Wednesday released a statement in which it confirmed that an admitted malaria patient at the institution on Wednesday tested positive for COVID-19.
The unnamed patient got admitted with malaria at the Harare-based medical facility on April 24.
The malaria patient was then tested for COVID-19 as part of government’s mandatory testing of all frontline health personnel and admitted patients.
“As part of the mandatory testing of frontline staff and admitted patients, a COVID-19 positive case which had been admitted for management of slide positive malaria was identified on April 24, 2020 at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals.
“The patient had responded well to the malaria treatment and was due for discharge,” the statement read.
Management at the hospital said they had now stepped up efforts to ensure that the institution was safe of the virus, including ensuring that frontline health professionals who had got into contact the now diagnosed COVID-19 positive patient were safe.
“Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals is going to ensure continued isolation of the confirmed case in his private room while awaiting for discharge formalities and recovery at home where he will be followed up,” the statement added.
In order also to ensure the safety of other patients who came into contact with and shared the same facilities as the COVID-19 infected patient – including medical and ancillary staff at Parirenyatwa – wards affected would undergo thorough decontamination – with some measures also taken to ensure the safety of others who would have found themselves exposed.
“Exposed staff (and patients) will be counselled, tested and managed accordingly,” the press release also said.
In view of the uncovered COVID-19 case at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, the authorities there said further measures would be taken going forward to ensure the facility was safe from the deadly virus.
Furthermore, the institution also took the opportunity to announce improvements the medical facility was undergoing.
“Refurbishment of the Premier COVID-19 Treatment Centre at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals is almost complete.
“As such, the hospital will soon be able to admit COVID-19 patients,” read the statement.
Meanwhile, the confusion emanating from the similarities in the symptoms between malaria and COVID-19 has at last been reinforced by the case of the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals malaria-COVID-19-turned patient.