Chilenje hospital closed as 19-year-old coronavirus positive patient ‘infects’ 2 nurses before dying


GOVERNMENT, through the Ministry of Health, has indefinitely closed the Lusaka’s Chilenje First Level One Hospital for disinfection after two of its personnel tested positive to COVID-19.

The Hospital will not admit new patients and those to be attended too are limited to maternity cases only according to a notice.

The decision comes after two Medical personnel tested positive to the virus.

The duo was managing a coronavirus patient now deceased at Chilenje First Level Hospital last week.

Said Dr Chilufya last week: “The fourth, is a 19-year-old female who was admitted to Chilenje clinic from Bauleni and this patient has tested COVID-19 positive. This patient came in with severe respiratory distress and as we were managing the patient, we did swab. Like I announced two days ago, hospital surveillance has been up scaled. Every patient who comes to the facility with a fever a respiratory symptoms at any of our facilities will be treated as a suspect, this is how the 10-year-child in Kabwe has been picked and this is how a 19-year-female has been picked.”

Dr. Chilufya who said the mass screening and targeted testing in Kafue wiould continue into the weekend and further said specific screening will also be conducted in Lusaka following reported cases in Marapodi, Makeni and Chilenje hospital and it being an epicenter.

Meanwhile 397 tests have been conducted in the last 24hrs and 4 have recorded positives.

Zambia has a cumulative total of 61 cases, 3 deaths, 33 recoveries and 26 under the care of Health authorities.

Two are from Kafue and the other two are medical staff that were managing the death that happened at Chilenje First Level Hospital.

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