Govt Introduces New Measures To Increase Active Screening For COVID-19
The government of Zimbabwe has introduced new measures to increase active screening for COVID-19.
The new measures were revealed in a memo addressed to all PMDs, CEOs, City Health Directors and Private Hospitals by the Ministry of Health and Child Care. The memo read:
STRATEGY TO INCREASE ACTIVE SCREENING FOR COVID-19 IN ZIMBABWE
As you are aware, the country and the world at large are grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The Ministry of Health and Child Care has set a target to test a total of 33 000 individuals for COVID-19 across this country by the 30th April 2020.
Testing will be done using PCR for both screening and diagnosis and Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDT) for screening purposes only.
To achieve the required level of testing and therefore generate sufficient evidence for programming of the COVID-19 pandemic in Zimbabwe, a strategy for testing has been presented and approved by the Inter-ministerial Taskforce on COVID-19 chaired by the Honourable Vice President Cde. KCD Mohadi.
With immediate effect, the following groups of people will, therefore, be tested for COVID-19.
1. All individuals fitting the case definition.
2. All travellers coming into the country from the affected countries in designated quarantine
facilities will be tested using RDT on arrival and PCR on discharge.
3. People with Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) in hospitals and communities.
4. All contacts of confirmed cases regardless of showing symptoms of the disease.
5. All cases of Pneumonia admitted to Hospitals (public or private).
6. All patients with fever in health facilities.
7. All Health Care Workers working in the frontline for COVID-19 response from Local
Health facilities, Infectious Diseases Hospitals, Central Hospitals, Provincial and District Hospitals as well as private institutions.
8. All community deaths happening in areas where there is local transmission.
9. The community around a cluster of cases.
10. All people above 60 years admitted in hospitals who have chronic diseases that include Asthma, Hypertension, Diabetes and Heart Diseases.
11. People who have been working during the lockdown and were interfacing with the
community i.e. Law enforcement officers, employees from service providers like a retail business, petrol attendants, food outlets employees
12. The Ministry will use the Rapid Diagnostic Kits (RDTs) and prioritize all Government
employees in all the Provinces reporting for duty to be tested to allow us to get a mapping of where positive cases/clusters areas they interface community.