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COVID-19: Top health practitioner urges quick learning among doctors to avert mass deaths

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By Mbekezeli Ncube

MPILO Central Hospital Clinical Director, Doctor Solwayo Ngwenya has urged fellow African medical practitioners to acquire full knowledge and take extra precautions when dealing with COVID-19 affected patients.

This comes as more countries on the continent have started reporting some positive cases of the deadly coronavirus among citizens.

Ngwenya feared if African medical practitioners did not fully acquaint themselves with how to deal with cases of the dreaded ailment, there may be a lot of deaths on the continent.

“The greatest cause of mass deaths in Africa will be ignorance, starting with health workers,” he said.

“I still maintain that mass education is needed. Please do not transport patients with symptoms without checking which hospital is appropriate, to avoid mass inoculation.”

Zimbabwe recorded its first case Friday in a Victoria Falls man who had travelled to the United Kingdom and later tested positive on his return to the country.

One more case was confirmed in Harare Saturday.

Ngwenya also recommended avoiding needless gatherings and travelling to avoid being contaminated.

“I urge Zimbabweans to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travel because it is extremely important that they do not get this virus.

“If they do, they may actually die because people are dying in large numbers in Europe and we do not want any of our people to die here.

“Prevention is better than cure. People should wash their hands every time with alcohol sanitisers or soap and please stay indoors.

“There is no need for mass gatherings until the matter is fully resolved,” said Ngwenya.