Denialist Attitude on Corona Will Cost Zimbabwe: MDC
Despite the Government dismissing reports of COVID19 detection in the country as fake, the Nelson Chamisa led MDC has warned the ministry of health and child care against complacency and over-reliance on the self-quarantine method.
MDC Secretary for Health, Dr. Henry Madzorera says the so called self-quarantine methods currently employed by Government does not work.
“We urge the Government to stop all movement of people from China to Zimbabwe. It doesn’t matter what kind or quantum of investment they may purport to be bringing, let them stay in China till the epidemic is over.
“This so called self-quarantine at home does not work. It shows our government is not attaching any value to the lives of Zimbabweans, but rather is keen on pleasing their Chinese counterparts for whatever scrapes they are getting. Once the virus comes into Zimbabwe it will be extremely difficult to stop its spread,” said Madzorera.
He urged Zimbabweans to stop visiting China until the situation comes to normalcy.
“Zimbabweans should stop visiting China for whatever reason they may be going there. Anybody who goes to China should either stay there till the pandemic settles, or be put into mandatory three week institutional quarantine on return” he said
The former Health Minister doubted the state of preparedness to the disease as health institutions lacked basic drugs and material for patients.
“I took a patient to a public health institution today and what I observed was a pathetic lackadaisical approach to duty by health workers, as if they were on a go slow. We don’t have committed health workers at the moment, and government should stop fooling us.
“There was no single medicine to give to the patient, and everything, including suture material was to be purchased at a private pharmacy in town by relatives. This gave me insight into the government’s self-proclaimed state of preparedness. If we can’t treat a simple case of assault, can we handle COVID-19?” he said