Govt's Revision Of COVID-19 Cases A Cause For Concern
The government has been warned that its continued revision of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country will cast doubt on its sincerity and the work is it doing.
This comes after the Ministry of Health and Child Care, in an update on Friday, indicated that Zimbabwe has 34 confirmed COVID-19 cases and not 40 as previously announced.
Senior Hospital Doctors Association (SHDA) secretary-general Aaron Musara told the Daily News on Sunday that the development is worrisome. He said:
The basis that was given for the latest revision was about the quality management system. However, this is vague and it does not clearly explain why the cases had to be retested.
It is worrisome if all this uncertainty is emanating from PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing because this kind of testing is supposed to give the most accurate results.
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It also becomes a problem when the government is not issuing out enough details to explain why exactly we are having people testing positive and then being retested to test negative.
It casts a lot of doubt on the work that the government is doing and its sincerity in the work.
In explaining the revision, Health Minister Obadiah Moyo said that a retest needed to be done to ensure that all the high numbers (6) were correct.