Malaria patient tests COVID-19 positive at Parirenyatwa hospital

By ZBC Reporter
Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals discovered that a malaria patient is COVID-19 positive forcing the hospital to activate the COVID-19 rapid response team as well as taking several precautionary measures.
In a statement, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals said the COVID-19 rapid response team has already been activated.
“As part of the escalated mitigatory measures against COVID-019 which include active case finding through mandatory testing of frontline staff and admitted patients, a COVID-19 positive case which had been admitted for management of slide positive malaria on the 24th of April 2020 was identified at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals. the patient had responded well to malaria treatment and was due for discharge,” said the hospital
The hospital has undertaken several measures after this development which include continued isolation of the confirmed case in his private room while awaiting for discharge formalities and recovery at home where he will be followed, ensuring the safety of staff and other patients through strengthened infection prevention and control measures and exposed staff will be counselled, tested and managed accordingly.
“Giving psychosocial support to the exposed staff, decontamination will be done in accordance with national guidelines, testing of frontline staff and admitted patients will continue and appropriate support rendered to those in need, 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 covid19 patients,” said the hospital.