Ministry drawing up Covid-19 patients tracking mechanism

24Mar 2020
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Ministry drawing up Covid-19 patients tracking mechanism

Minister Ummy Mwalimu said in a travel advisory circulated to the media yesterday that the ministry will keep the relevant records including residential address of ex-patients and those under isolation for further screening.

Minister Ummy Mwalimu.

“After the 14-day quarantine, passengers who have not developed symptoms of Covid-19 may leave the facilities and register personal information for future personal tracking purposes,” she said.

She warned Tanzanians to avoid non-essential travels to Covid-19 affected countries.

So far two patients who tested positive for Coronavirus last week and isolated have reportedly received a clean bill of health.

The duo is Tanzanian national Isabella Mwampamba, the first case announced on Monday last week after reporting to hospital upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport from Belgium, and a Ghanaian national who was a confirmed on Tuesday after landing in Zanzibar from Germany.

This is in addition to rapper Khamis Mwinjuma alias Mwana FA who last week declared that he was amongst patients who were quarantined after testing positive for Covid-19 upon arrival from abroad but was “doing very well, not sick anymore.”

Speaking in Dodoma yesterday, President John Magufuli said that Mwampamba who checked herself into isolation upon arrival had since gone through several Covid-19 tests which all came out negative.

The Ghanaian patient was isolated at a quarantine centre at Kidimni in Unguja Central District and had entered the country on Wednesday May 11th from Germany.

In his address to the nation on Sunday, President Magufuli said all persons arriving from countries affected by coronavirus will undergo mandatory individual isolation for 14 days at their own cost starting yesterday.

The decision followed the doubling of cases from six as of mid last week to 12 at the weekend.

Eleven of the confirmed positive cases had arrived in Tanzania from affected countries except one person, implying that this was the first local transmission to have been registered.

In efforts to curb the virus transmission globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called upon member countries to enhance preventive measures after the virus reached the level of a global pandemic as the outbreak continues to spread outside China.