The Government of Zimbabwe continues to mobilise PPEs to minimize the risk that our frontline workers are exposed to, in their selfless dedication to save lives. This was said by the country’s Vice President and Health Minister, General (Rtd) Dr Constantino Chiwenga at a news conference on Friday in Harare.
In his statement, Vice President Chiwenga said claims that the country’s health institutions were overwhelmed by Covid-19 cases were exaggerated, adding that some issues that had hampered Covid-19 admissions had been resolved.
“Admittedly, the recent escalation of cases of the pandemic in the country caused a high demand for health care. Nonetheless, let me reassure citizens that Zimbabwe’s public and private health institutions still have adequate capacity to offer health services to all patients.
“Some administrative issues that posed a gridlock in the smooth admission of COVID 19 patients in our hospitals have since been resolved. Among them was, Government’s extension of COVID 19 Allowances to incentivize our Health care workers, frontline workers, civil servants and vulnerable members of our society, and provision of PPEs,” he said
Speaking on the matter of vaccinations, Vice President Chiwenga said that the government was observing how other countries were rolling out vaccines and that the country had adopted a “measured approach” to allow for Zimbabwean scientists to analyse the vaccine candidates.
“I am also aware that some of our citizens are anxious to get vaccinated. The Government is following the development and dissemination of COVID 19 vaccines by other states, with keen interest. Despite the observations made that other African, European and Asian countries had started rolling out vaccines, Zimbabwe adopted a measured approach, with experts interrogating all safety concerns. As soon as all technical and administrative obligations are met, Zimbabweans can expect to be vaccinated. The vaccination is going to be voluntary. Let me underscore that my Ministry is doing everything possible to ensure that our citizens are safe from possible side effects of some COVID 19 vaccines, currently on the shelf.”
As for the lockdown, the Vice President noted that it will not be extended if the number of cases declined and flattened.
“There might not be any need of extending the 30-day National Lockdown if the progression of the pandemic is tamed. However, let me warn my fellow countrymen that current statistics is indicating a marginal increase in new cases.”
The Vice President ended his statement by touching on the matter of traditional medicines such as Moringa, Zumbani and other herbs being used to treat Covid-19.
“My comment would be that, you might be aware that some modern medicines are actually derived from traditional herbs. Yes, it is possible that some traditional medicines can be used to treat COVID 19 however, there is need for scientific researches to be done to ascertain their efficacy. The Ministry of Health and Child Care actually operationalized the Traditional Medicines Department, which is pre-occupied with researches in this area.”