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Health Ministry says Contact Tracing needs Scaling up as 10 brought in Dead due to COVID-19

Health Health Ministry says Contact Tracing needs Scaling up as 10 brought in...

The Ministry of Health says there is a need to escalate the level of contact tracing due to the increase in the number of positive Covid-19 cases and deaths.

Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Administration Kakulubelwa Mulalelo says the ministry’s pillar to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic remains surveillance, case finding and contact tracing.

Ms. Mulalelo said this when she announced that the country has recorded 265 COVID-19 positive cases and 14 deaths in the last 24 hours bringing the cumulative number to 6228.

She said currently 34 people are on ventilators of which 3 are in the intensive care unit while 327 have been discharged.

Ms. Mulalelo said currently 48 districts spread across the country have reported Covid-19 cases.

She said of the 14 deaths, 10 were brought in dead from the community while 4 patients died in Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching hospital.

Ms. Mulalelo further disclosed that studies are been carried out to determine why most Covid-19 positive cases are in males.

She has since advised the public to adhere to the public health guidelines to prevent getting affected or transmitting the Covid-19 infection.

PROFILE ON 265 NEW COVID-19 CASES

  • 114 cases identified through healthcare facility screening in Lusaka (63), Chingola (28), Ndola (14), Chililabombwe (6), Chilanga (2), Chinsali (1);
  • 82 individuals identified from routine community screening in Lusaka (33), Ndola (16), Kitwe (14), Kalumbila (8), Chililabombwe (4), Kabwe (4), Mpongwe (2), Chingola (1);
  • 57 contacts to known positive cases in Lusaka (53), Mansa (2), Chingola (1), Ndola (1);
  • 2 healthcare workers screened in Lusaka;
  • 10 Brought in Dead (BIDS) in Lusaka.

9 COMMENTS

  1. The numbers just don’t add up or make sense
    South Africa with an average daily infection or positivity rate of below 10% has over 400,000 confirmed cases.
    Zambia with a positivity rate of over 25% only has 6228 confirmed cases.
    The Medical fraternity in Zambia need to look into this.
    Zambia may need to lock down to contain the hidden disaster.

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    • It seems nakonde and kafue after been locked down, the covid from these 2 towns just disappeared olo bwanji?

  2. It’s possible that the BID’s are as a result of people in the community fearing to undergo testing when they start to feel sick; while hoping that they’ll get better but unfortunately things turn left!! What’s interesting is the statistic of men having more active cases…could it be that they are getting Covid from concubines who have more than one man and they don’t know??? No offence, just wondering!! Be careful men!!

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  3. My only question is, where are the BIDs coming from? If you say the community, doesn’t it mean that everyone in contact with that person up and before they develop symptoms till eventually death could be infected?

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  4. Stigma seems to play a role with some family members even hiding their relatives diagnosis. Please we humbly appeal for people to take extra precautions and also seek the relevant medical assistance in suspected cases. Remember to follow the government guidance. Do not force us to forcefully enforce rules. It seems whipping by bowman did actually work. No such thing as human rights when it comes to death.

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  5. Stigma seems to play a role with some family members even hiding their relatives diagnosis. Please we humbly appeal for people to take extra precautions and also seek the relevant medical assistance in suspected cases. Remember to follow the government guidance. Do not force us to forcefully enforce rules. It seems whipping by bowman did actually work. No such thing as human rights when it comes to saving lives. For me if I find you not complying I will box you

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  6. A few months ago that crook Chilufya was bragging about a responsive contact tracing…it was all fiction and lies as usual…today people are being brought in dead and you are here wondering where they are coming from?

  7. I think the hole in the strategy is people failing to isolate when unwell. When someone is I’ll they are supposed to get tested so health care facilitators are aware and put a
    plan in action. BUT DO FAMILIES LIVING IN THE SAME HOUSE ISOLATE FOR 14 days in Zambia? Meaning ALL IN THE SAME HOUSE are not to go out and if unwell they too get tested.

    Possible people are simply not acting as soon as they are unwell. Please please people be proactive in getting medical help. In a news report SA is saying their hospital system is failing due to numbers being sick at once.

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