By Kudzai Furusa
The First Secretary of ZANU PF and President His Excellency President E.D Mnangagwa has appealed to the striking nursing personnel to return to work so as to avoid the loss of lives.
This was said by the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Cde Sithembiso Nyoni, standing in for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa during the 27th Cabinet decision matrix brief in Harare yesterday.
“The recruitment of Nursing staff is already underway. In the same vein, His Excellency the President has appealed to the striking Nursing personnel to return to work such that the loss of lives can be minimized," she said.
“In terms of preparedness, the nation is informed that Wilkins and United Bulawayo Hospitals (BUH) are now admitting mild to moderate cases."
The Minister went on to highlight that no hospital is going to turn away patients without the pre-requirement for a prior Covid19 test result, but rather test on admission.
“Cabinet has directed that all hospitals should admit patients without the pre-requirement for a prior COVID19 test result and proceed to do a PCR test on admission. To that end, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has already directed all public and private health institutions to establish Patient-Under-Investigation (PUI) zones to ensure that no patients are turned away."
This follows a number of cases where patients were deprived of treatment because of no prior Covid19 test result, resulting in the loss of many lives.
Speaking at the same meeting, Cabinet appealed to social media users to stop posting lies on Covid19.
“Cabinet is appealing for responsible behaviour and calls on all social media users to desist from posting or peddling falsehoods on COVID19 that may cause despondency and alarm in the nation. The public is reminded that the peddling of falsehoods is a punishable offence in terms of the COVID-19 regulations,” she said.