By Primrose Tagutanadzo
The College of Primary Health Care Physicians of Zimbabwe (CPHCPZ) and Zimbabwe College Public Health Physicians (ZCPHP) have joined hands in raising awareness on Covid-19.
In a statement the organizations said Zimbabwe was among other countries in the region experiencing third wave pandemic and the current wave infections were occurring much faster than other waves.
“Despite the decline in numbers of COVID-19 cases, the two healthy facilities have noted with concern the threats of the virus and advised both the public and the healthy workers to be aware and protect themselves,” read part of the statement.
“Most of the people were reported dying outside the healthy facilities and these are the elderly people with chronic medical conditions like diabetes, lung diseases, high blood pressure and heart problems.”
CPHCPZ and ZCPHP said delay in seeking medical attention after observing COViD -19 symptoms and late representation to medical care resulted in people ending up requiring expensive treatment.
“In a way to curb the wide and rapid spread of the virus, the Government has established a national COVID-19 vaccination programmed but only 15 percent of the targeted population has been vaccinated,” read part of the statement.
The two organisations encouraged the public to have concerns effort to double up social distance, masking and hand hygiene.
“The elderly and all people living with chronic disease must avoid crowded conditions and minimise interaction with outsiders,” read part of the statement.
CPHCPZ and ZCPHP encouraged frontline health workers to report all cases related to the pandemic to local authorities and to maintain high index suspicion of the virus and offer early testing for anyone with corona related symptoms for their own safety.
Besides this, they were encouraged to be vaccinated and also encourage the public to be vaccinated to protect themselves against the virus.