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Increase in Covid-19 hospitalization worrying – MOH

Health Increase in Covid-19 hospitalization worrying - MOH

Minister of Health Jonas Chanda says despite a reduction in the number of new COVID- 19 cases, Zambia has continued to observe a stagnation in the number of cases requiring hospitalisation, with a slight increases in admissions and critical cases noted in the past few days.

Dr. Chanda says the development is a reminder of the fact that community transmission is still ongoing and people remain at risk of contracting the disease.

In a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today, the Minister has encouraged health workers to maintain a high index of suspicion even in spite of the reduced numbers of cases being recorded in order to timely isolate and treat cases while ensuring that the chains of transmission are broken.

And Dr. Chanda indicated that as the Ministry continues with setting up of community vaccination sites, 236 vaccination site across the country have been set up with a target of setting up at least 50 more sites.

“As part of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, we have also continued to closely monitor any reports of adverse effects following immunization through the Zambia Medical Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA),” the Minister stated.

Meanwhile, Dr. Chanda announced that in the last 24hrs, 7,266 doses were administered bringing the cumulative number of vaccinated persons to 39, 300.

He added that 84 new confirmed cases were recorded out of 6,500 tests conducted bringing the cumulative number of confirmed cases to 91, 670.

“On an encouraging note, no new deaths were recorded in the last 24hrs. The cumulative number of COVDI-19 related deaths stands at 1,251 classified as 703 COVID deaths and 548 COVID-19 associated deaths,” he said.

Dr. Chanda noted that a total of 79 discharges were recorded from both the COVID-19 isolated facilities and home management bringing the cumulative number of total recoveries to 90, 012.

He added that there are currently 407 active cases of whom 356 are under community management and 51 are admitted to COVID-19 facilities while 37 are on oxygen therapy and 11 in critical condition.

13 COMMENTS

  1. People in Zambia should not drop the guard covid 19 is very active all over the world, to what we have seen in the UK there is a difference from the time vaccinations were started and lives have been saved, however people should be aware of this deadly sickness.
    When we see what is happening in India this should be a lesson the whole world should learn corona virus has no friends he is a very dangerous killer who should be avoided at all costs.
    Citizens ought to continue to follow the guidelines given by the medical personnel concerning how to avoid catching corona virus.

  2. Thank you to all our men and women in uniform. We thank you for all your support fighting this evil virus. We shall pesevere and win in the end.

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  3. “Jonas Chanda says despite a reduction in the number of new COVID- 19 cases, Zambia has continued to observe a stagnation in the number of cases requiring hospitalisation, with a slight increases in admissions and critical cases noted in the past few days.”

    Jonas boyi just tell the people you dont know what’s happening and stop making announcements …data analysis is not good when you dont know how to use it or lack the funds

  4. STOP COMPLIMENTING A GOVERNMENT THAT HAS DONE VERY LITTLE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID 19
    FIGURES HAVE BEEN UNDERSTATED SINCE DAY ONE
    AND OUR WONDERFUL CARING PRSIDENT HAS SAID ZERO, STILL WONT ADMIT HE HAS HAD HIS JAB

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  5. What is really worrying is the lacklustre actions by the MoH in the fight against Covid-19. Less than 40,000 vaccinations in the last week! That’s a SHOCKINGLY low number! Less than 0.001 percent of the population! Totally inadequate response by this corrupt and incompetent PF government!

  6. That’s encouraging news. Can we now please limit inflow of people coming from India, Brazil or anyone from a country that has seen huge spikes. Please Zambia, close unnecessary travel to all these areas.

  7. “Zambia has continued to observe a stagnation in the number of cases requiring hospitalisation, with a slight increases in admissions and critical cases noted in the past few days.Dr. Chanda says the development is a reminder of the fact that community transmission is still ongoing and people remain at risk of contracting the disease.”
    1.We report as if COVID I9 has been wiped out.
    2. If we know that community transmission is ongoing, our behaviour does not show that. In the ;ast two days we witnessed two Covid 19 super spreading events;
    -The opening of the Long Acres flyover bridge and the welcoming of kambwili to pf at the pf cesspool secretariate.
    If as a country we are serious about the ongoing community transmission, what is the Ministry of Health doing?
    Look at those events…

  8. Look at those events and check how many people were actually putting on masks? Was there any social distancing?
    Such events are the cause of fast-spreading infection in India. If by any chance, God forbid we get the Indian strain ( High possibility,) I don’t see any hope of this country having elections. In other words, we are at risk of the third wave with increased admissions and death.
    This is my warning.

  9. Look at those events and check how many people were actually putting on masks? Was there any social distancing?
    Such events are the cause of fast-spreading infection in India. If by any chance, God forbid we get the Indian strain ( High possibility,) I don’t see any hope of this country having elections. In other words, we are at risk of the third wave with increased admissions and death.
    This is my warning.

  10. This minister keeps on talking about dropping the guard and yet it’s the PF thugs who gather in large groups with no regard for Social distance and masking up.

  11. Headline and statistics just don’t par. If out of a population of 18 million people, only 51 hospital admissions and that’s something to be worried about? In the same breath, the report says there is only a slight increase in cases, with a continued stagnation being observed. Now look at how health systems in India and Brazil have collapsed and tell me if our scenario is really something to worry about or simply be grateful?

  12. They will stretch this covid -19 till August …just look at his announcements in the last month it is and up and down trend as he doesnt really know what is happening

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