Coronavirus positively confirmed in South Africa. The news was confirmed by South Africa’s Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize on Thursday. Dr Mkhize revealed that a suspected case of the coronavirus, which has been renamed Covid-19, tested positive after extensive tests by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NCID).
In a rather unwelcome development, the first case of the deadly coronavirus has been confirmed in South Africa. In the statement, the Minister said. “The patient is a 38-year-old male who travelled to Italy with his wife. They were part of a group of 10 people and they arrived back in South Africa on 1 March.
“The patient consulted a private general practitioner on 3 March with symptoms of fever, headache, malaise, a sore throat and a cough. “The couple also has two children. The Emergency Operating Centre (EOC) has identified the contacts by interviewing the patient and doctor. The tracer team has been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal with epidemiologists and clinicians from the NICD.
“This media briefing is to ensure that the public is immediately kept abreast. A press briefing will be held later after the Parliamentary debate this evening to shed more light on this issue.” The patient who tested positive had been self-isolating since 2 March. The private doctor who attended to him has been isolated as well.
The news will certainly be greeted with dismay in Zimbabwe which has a notoriously poor public health system. The Minister of Health and Child Care, Obadiah Moyo recently announced that the country was stockpiling an anti-retroviral (ARV) drug to fight the coronavirus. Moyo said that the drug ‘helps a lot’ in fighting the deadly virus which has now killed over 3,280 people worldwide. In a recent interview with the Health Times, Moyo said,
“We have Kaletra and we are hearing reports that it is helping a lot. They then use it in combinations with alpha interferons to boost. We already have these antiretrovirals in the country which are being used for the treatment of our HIV patients
“We are already using it in some of our patients living with HIV. We are lucky in that respect because this is something which has been found to work in China. They have managed to save some patients,”
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Source – iHarare
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