Harare readies Wilkins for COVID-19

19 Feb, 2020 - 11:02 0 Views
Harare readies Wilkins for COVID-19 Dr Prosper Chonzi


Fiona Ruzha, H-Netro Reporter

HARARE City Council says they are working on moving all patients from Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital to Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital in to pave way for any cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

Speaking to H-Metro at the just ended training workshop for 67 health workers from the public and private sectors at Wilkins yesterday, City health director Dr Prosper Chonzi said the facility will be closed to accommodate patients with COVID-19.

“We have two designated isolation facilities for Harare which are Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital and Beatrice Road Infectious Disease Hospital.

“The cases we normally manage here which include TB, HIV and typhoid patients will be transferred to Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital and we will close this facility to remain only with patients with suspected COVID infection, probable infection or confirmed cases.

“And soon we will put black plastic sheeting all around the perimeter of the hospital which will be a sign that it is closed,” he said.

“We are preparing our donning room where various steps are taken as health workers prepare to go to wards to attend to patients because it needs to be meticulously done.

“Any mistake will result in our health workers contracting the infection, or contaminating to the next person or families at home.

“We also have enough space to put up tents through working with our partner organisations and soon this will be one big facility for managing the virus,” he said.

Aside from Wilkins Hospital and Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital, there are other four more isolation facilities in the country namely Thorngroove Hospital in Bulawayo, Kadoma Hospital, Gweru Provincial Hospital and Mutare Provincial Hospital.

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