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Corona Virus scare in Gweru

Midlands Provincial Epidemiology and Disease Control officer Dr Reginald Mhene

By Richard Shumba
Ministry of Health and Child Care is monitoring more than 50 people in the Midlands province who recently returned from China and other countries where the Coronavirus cases have been confirmed.

Midlands Provincial Epidemiology and Disease Control officer Dr Reginald Mhene told The Sun that his department is monitoring more than 50 people at their places of residence to see if they do not develop flue like symptoms after they have returned from countries were the cases have been reported.

“We are receiving daily data from all points of entry and we have put a number of visitors under surveillance to see if  they do not develop any Coronavirus symptoms,’’

Dr Mhene said the ministry has initiated a rapid response team and has put its staff members on high alert to make sure residents do not get infected in case of an outbreak.
“Although no cases of the virus have been confirmed in the Midlands Province the ministry activated a rapid response team in all districts to ensure active case findings and preparedness in case of an outbreak

And all other people coming to the Midlands Province from affected countries will be screened at the port of entry and are then followed up every two weeks to ensure prompt isolation and treatment if they develop symptoms ,” he said .

The Epidemiology and Diseases control Officer said the province will take necessary measures to educate residents about the infectious disease.
“The province is also planning a training workshop for health communicators to ensure the correct self-protection key messages reach the public,” said Dr Mhene.

Meanwhile contributing during the 679th ordinary council meeting recently ,Gweru Mayor Cllr Josiah Makombe said the city’s health department are putting pre-caution measures including monitoring foreign investors coming to the city.

“We have investors that are in town our Chinese counterparts and we have instructed our health department to closely monitor them so that the situation does not get out of control if cases are reported and we are on high alert,”he said .

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