Lovemore Chazingwa in KADOMA
MOST deaths in City of Kadoma are now related to the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic, a health expert has said.
City Health director Dr Daniel Chirundu clarified this position when H-Metro sought to ascetain the disturbing cause of a series of deaths claiming precious lives of a considerable section among prominent personalities who have succumbed to the deadly virus.
“There’s patient confidentiality in these circumstances. However, we treat all deaths as Covid-19 related as of now. I suggest you seek confirmation from the particular family,” said Dr Chirundu over the phone.
The city has in the past two weeks lost a considerable number of luminaries, among them, former Muzvezve Constituency MP and ZANU PF Central Committee member Peter Haritatos, Sanyati district schools inspector (DSI) Bernard Makamure, Development Trust of Zimbabwe (DTZ) Mashonaland West board member Francis Kondanani, Kadoma General Hospital Sister-in-Charge Angela Zvavandanga and beverages businessman David Chidemo.
A council employee superintending Rimuka graveyard informed mourners gathered for the burial of a woman who experienced a dog attack, that they were burying at least three bodies daily due to the third wave of the novel coronavirus.
He said that tradition was no longer the norm and speeches and body viewing was not allowed. The man in black further said relatives of those buried were allowed to visit the graves the morning after burial.
Conventional and social media reports point to the cause of deaths hinged on Covid-19.
According to a Kadoma
City Health situational report (Sitrep) released Saturday, the gold mining city has recorded 1122 confirmed cases. Of these, 596 cases are still active, 461 recoveries and there have been 64 deaths since the first case of the pandemic surfaced last year.