Over the past few weeks’ patients were having a difficult time to access health care as health facilities had become the law unto themselves demanding Covid-19 results upfront before one could be attended to no matter how seriously ill they were.
During its session on 4 August 2020, the Cabinet resolved that patients should be admitted at hospitals even if they don’t have Covid-19 results.
“Cabinet has directed that all hospitals should admit patients without the pre-requirement for a prior COVID-19 test result but instead should proceed to do a PCR test on admission.
“To that end, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has already directed all public and private health institutions to establish Patient-Under-Investigation (PUI) zones to ensure that no patients are turned away,” said Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa in a post Cabinet media briefing in the capital.
The decision by Cabinet followed on the heels of a report received by the Ad Hoc Inter-Ministerial Task Force on the COVID-19 during its routine Monday meeting where cases of contravention of the Public Health Act were noted pertaining to denying patients access to health care.
“The Taskforce was informed that some private and public institutions are refusing to admit patients who have no COVID19 test results. This is contrary to provisions of the Public Health Act and Government warns those medical facilities who have been contravening this Act.
“All hospitals both public and private should admit all patients without the pre-requirement of a COVID-19 test and proceed to do a PCR test on admission. The latter will determine whether the patient will be further managed in the green or red zone,” said Minister Mutsvangwa in a media briefing on Monday night.