Government gears up for expected Covid-19 third wave, moots virtual hospitals

by | Apr 28, 2021 | COVID 19, Local News | 0 comments

Pretty Manyewe

In preparation for a possible Covid-19 third wave, the Government has devised new ways to curb the spread of the virus and effects of infection, which include setting up virtual hospitals.

In a development set to revolutionize the Covid-19 management, Cabinet has recently adopted the proposal to set up a Virtual Hospital for the management of Covid-19 patients.

This was revealed by Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa at yesterday’s post Cabinet briefing.

“The development of the Virtual Hospital for the management of Covid-19 patients comes from the realisation that most Covid-19 patients recover without symptoms or after experiencing mild ones which do not require hospitalisation. Government will establish provisional figure of ten thousand to twenty thousand home based beds,” she said.

“A network of health staff will carry out protocol based monitoring and management of the cases. The equipment support for this program will be rechargeable oxygen concentrators, finger pulse or saturation monitors, non-contact thermometers, blood glucose machines and blood pressure machines.”

“The equipment will be deployed to the admitted patients and returned when they are discharged. The establishment of the Virtual Hospital will therefore alleviate the pressure on hospitals. The public will be kept abreast of developments in this regard,” Minister Mutsvangwa.

Meanwhile, the vaccination program continues with a total of 353834 people having received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and 57776 their second dose around the country. A million doses are expected at the end of each month from April to June to cater for herd immunity.

Engagement of stakeholders and partners has intensified with a view of pooling both human and financial resources so as to prevent the third wave.
New strategies including focused interventions and intensified community engagements are being adopted.

Sub-national communication structures have intensified campaigns in Covid-19 hotspots and in cases where community infections are recorded.