Mbali district now better placed to face Covid-19

31Mar 2020
The Guardian
Mbali district now better placed to face Covid-19

AUTHORITIES in Mbarali district, Mbeya region have expressed satisfaction with preparation of isolation units for confirmed COVID-19 patients although the area has yet reported any cases of the pandemic.

Mbarali District Commissioner, Reuben Mfune.

The authorities including members of the district safety and security committee which was led by Mbarali District Commissioner, Reuben Mfune said the isolation unit at Mpunga-Relini is well organized with all the necessary equipment.

The committee was in a tour to inspect implementation progress for construction of a new district hospital.

“We are prepared to tackle the disease in case we have patients who will be tested positive for Coronavirus. We are ready to provide COVID-19 patients will require medical treatment as per issued guidelines”, said Mfune noting the move followed directives from health minister, Ummy Mwalimu that each of the districts should allocate special isolation units for confirmed Coronavirus patients as well as suspected cases of COVID-19. DC Mfune however directed Mbarali District Commissioner, Kivuma Msangi to conduct regular inspections at the isolation unit to ensure the place remains safe. He also insisted of health workers to provide friendly services to patients.

Mbarali district chief medical officer, Dr Godfrey Mwakalila said construction of a new district hospital will also include patient waiting shed. He said the shelter will have modern furniture and wide open windows to avoid infectious diseases that are spread through the air.

Msangi called upon the residents to report to health centers and hospitals when they notice some COVID-19 symptoms and report any suspected Coronavirus patients at their localities. He urged them to avoid unnecessary gatherings and adhere to the preventive measures which include proper regular washing of hands using soap and clean water or sanitizers.

Tanzania now has 14 cases after Ministry of Health in Zanzibar on Saturday announced the confirmation of a third case in the Isles. Other regions with confirmed cases are Dar es Salaam (8), Arusha (2) and Kagera (1). There has been no fatality in the country and patient zero has recovered.

As of yesterday, global confirmed cases surpassed 680,000 with over 31,000 deaths and over 140,000 recoveries, on the basis of an update by the Johns Hopkins University which monitors the disease.