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Zimbabwe health ministry not ready for Coronavirus

13 Feb 2020 at 08:52hrs | Views
'Shoddy' coronavirus screening in Zimbabwe
Currently in Zimbabwe, the immigration officers have been screening passengers for the coronavirus without protective clothing but only thermometers which sparked discussions about the country's preparedness. The country's ill-preparedness can be noted by a standoff for several months between doctors and the government which has brought the health delivery system in the country virtually to its knees, exposing the government's non-commitment to guaranteeing universal healthcare. The money which was meant to be used by the health ministry is being abused by corrupt individuals in the current Zanu PF administration to built mansions and buy luxurious cars. Zimbabwe's economic sector has been brought to stand still because of the abuse of power from those in the higher offices.  

Fortunately, Africa is currently one of only two continents with no confirmed cases of coronavirus however experts have warned that it may not be long before the first case is confirmed, given its increasingly close ties to China. However it's hoped that by later this month at least 36 African countries will be equipped to carry out tests specific to the coronavirus. Zimbabwe is one of the countries that's have bilateral ties with the Chinese government. Up to 570 people have lost their lives with at least 28,000 confirmed cases globally, however most of them in China were it thought have order from.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak an international health emergency and it is feared that poorer countries in including might not be able to cope with an outbreak due to insufficient medical facilities.

Regards,
Rangarirai Kudakwashe Chivaviro

Human rights activist

Source - Rangarirai Kudakwashe Chivaviro
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