Covid-19 Update

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the hospital is constantly updating measures put in place to safeguard patients, staff, and visitors accordingly. Therefore, we urge you to continuously check with us for updates. In line with these updates, patients continue to receive one visitor per day (registered next of kin ONLY) for 30 minutes. However, only visitors with SURGICAL MASKS will be allowed within patient areas. Please refer to the visiting hours page for the revised visiting times. To adequately assist emergency cases during this period, the Persons Under Investigations (PUI) isolation ward remains fully functional. The ward ensures that all emergency cases receive care while a Covid-19, Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is being conducted.

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Covid-19 Vaccination

As the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic wages on and scientists worldwide work tirelessly to find ways to curb its vicious spread and deadly effects, another unfortunate ‘disease’ known as infordemic has surfaced.  

As the World Health Organisation (WHO) defines it, infordemic refers to overabundance of information, which consists of facts mixed with falsehoods, mainly spread via unofficial platforms such as social media.  Due to the mixture of facts and non-factual information, infordemic makes it hard for people to separate what is factual and what is not, what to believe and what not to believe, causing health harm and intensifying or lengthening outbreaks such as Covid-19.  

Due to this unfortunate disease, Zimbabwe has seen a slowed response to the Covid-19 vaccines by the general populace. Several conspiracy theories, surrounding the vaccines have made people develop a lot of questions around Covid-19 vaccines safety. Therefore, education and information from a trusted source, which dismantle the false claims becomes a necessity.

What is a vaccine?

According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), vaccines are medical products developed for people (both children and adults) to form protection against serious and sometimes deadly diseases such as Covid-19. WHO adds that vaccines work by training and preparing the body’s natural defenses, the immune system, to be able to recognise and fight off targeted viruses and bacteria. Vaccines work in such a way that, if the body is later exposed to those viruses and bacteria, the body is ready to destroy them, preventing or lessening the intensity of illness.

What is a Covid-19 vaccine?

Drawing from the definition given above, Covid-19 vaccines are medical vaccines intended to provide immunity against Covid-19. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, several vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective and approved for use in the fight against the virus. Many countries including Zimbabwe, have started rolling out Covid-19 vaccination programs to protect people against the deadly effects for the disease. Though in some circumstances the vaccine causes side effects, WHO indicates that “Any possible risks that may exist are considerably lower than those associated with Covid-19 infection, and vastly outweighed by the benefits of protecting people and preventing the virus from spreading.”

Are vaccines necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Zimbabwe has joined the rest of the world in rolling out safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines to control and eventually eliminate Covid-19 burden in the country. According to MoHCC, vaccines have been locally and globally proven to be essential public health measure for the prevention and control of Covid-19. Over the decades, vaccines have been used as effective control measures for similar epidemics such as measles, meningitis, pneumonia, tetanus and polio. However, it is crucial to note that these vaccines will not in any way replace several Covid-19 safety precaution measures, but will compliment them. 

What types of Covid-19 vaccines are in Zimbabwe?

Scientists around the world are developing many potential vaccines for Covid-19. These vaccines are all designed to teach the body’s immune system to safely recognise and fight the virus that causes Covid-19.

Taking into consideration proven efficacy levels of the vaccines, The Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ)has authorised the use of four types of viruses in Zimbabwe so far which are Sinopharm and Sinovac from China, Sputnik V from Russia and Covaxin from India.

Why should I get vaccinated?

Vaccines are one of the scientific solutions to save lives. They form a protection for you and those around you against vaccine preventable diseases such as Covid-19. Those with compromised immune systems and cannot be vaccinated, depend on those fit to be vaccinated, to ensure they are also safe. Without the vaccines, society is at high risk of losing more lives due to Covid-19.

Who can get vaccinated?

It is crucial to contact your health-care provider to check if you can get vaccinated. Although nearly everyone can get vaccinated, some may have medical conditions which may necessitate them not get certain vaccines or should wait before getting them.


  

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