Govt closes Covid-19 camp lacking patients

04Jul 2020
The Guardian
Govt closes Covid-19 camp lacking patients
  • Only 11 facilities remain countrywide, from 85 initially

​​​​​​​HEALTH authorities yesterday closed the Covid-19 treatment camp for Coast Region at Kibaha town amid the lack of patients.

Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Ummy Mwalimu.

Closing down Lulanzi camp, the minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Ummy Mwalimu said only 11 out of 85 centres designated for such patients countrywide remain open and “with very few patients.” 

“We have closed 74 camps so far, and this was one of the biggest and busiest in the country. The last patient here was discharged on May 26 and since then there has been no new patient,” she elaborated.

The minister urged area residents to continue seeking routine health services at the Kibaha District Hospital, as the facility was thoroughly disinfected after Covid-19 patients were discharged.

She sought to dissuade residents from flocking Tumbi Regional Referral Hospital since the district facility has formally resumed regular operations.

“Let the facility handle referral cases. This hospital is safe and there is absolutely no reason to fear it,” the minister underlined.

Amana Regional Referral Hospital in the city, also a designated facility for Covid-19, resumed regular operations early last month after most patients recovered and went home.

But speaking yesterday, Mwalimu was quick to advise that people continue taking precautionary measures such as observance of social distancing as recommended by health experts.

Speaking at the event, Kibaha municipal health officer Tulitweni Mwinuka said the facility resumed routine services June 6 but patients turnout was still low compared to pre-pandemic levels.

“Residents are as yet apprehensive. We have to convince them that it is safe and that is what we are doing,” the municipal officer noted.

The nose-ward dive of Covid-19 cases and patients in hospitals left some wards empty and others with a paucity of patients.

Speaking during the resumption of normal operations at Amana early last month, the minister said that the commercial capital had only four patients, with the facility hosting only three patients and Mloganzila Centre the other patient.

Tanzania registered its first positive case of coronavirus on March 16 and by late April there were 509 cases of Covid-19 positivity, 21 fatalities and 183 recoveries.

By midweek, there were over 11m novel coronavirus cases globally, with more than 0.5m fatalities and over 6m recoveries, WHO updates indicated.