FOLLOWING the voluntary mass testing for Covid-19 last week on Thursday, the Ministry of Works and Supply has recorded 87 positive cases after the revelation of the results.
The breakdown of the test results is as follows; Out of the 137 that were tested, 87 came out positive, 18 negative, 26 inconclusive, and 6 are pending.
This came to light when a report was released to the ministry by the Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI).
Minister of Works and Supply Honourable SYLVIA BAMBALA CHALIKOSA, MP who led the testing exercise expressed gratitude that members of staff heeded her call to take up the test.
She said it was good the members of staff took the exercise seriously because they care about their health and that of the people they serve.
The Minister confirmed that the testing exercise went on very well and now results are out indicating that some members of staff have been found positive though not showing any signs or symptoms of the symptoms of covid-19 infection.
Hon. CHALIKOSA last week disclosed that the testing and fumigation of the ministry headquarters was carried out because of the four cases and one death that were recorded.
The Ministry has since advised staff with positive results but asymptomatic to work from home while they observe their health status during self-quarantine in line with following the health guidelines as stated by His Excellency Dr. EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU, President of the Republic of Zambia.
Hon. CHALIKOSA confirmed that her own result was inconclusive as such she is due to do another test after 7 days or so.
The Minister has encouraged members of staff working from home to ensure their family members are take the test to avoid further spread of the virus, as this particular strain is more vicious and may have lethal consequences if not detected early and treated in good time.
She also counselled that much as living with Covid-19 is the “New Normal”, there is need to act responsibly as there is too much at stake if “we are careless in our day to day actions”
Hon. CHALIKOSA commended staff for their commitment towards rendering service to the general public in the midst of challenging times everyone is going through.