…. As 17 health personnel at Ndola Teaching Hospital allegedly catch the disease
By Scoop Reporter
BARELY a week after President Edgar Lungu announced the returning of all pupils in examination classes to school, Zambia has recorded a jaw-dropping 174 new cases of Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in the past 24 hours.
This has brought the cumulative total of cases to 441 with active cases accounting for 291 patients, seven deaths, and 143 recoveries.
Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya says Muchinga accounts for the highest number of cases as it has recorded 126 in the past 72 hours with 66 of these being truck drivers while the Copperbelt has 29. North-Western has five while Central Province has 14 cases.
Meanwhile, unverified information obtained by The Scoop suggests that 17 health workers, including doctors at Ndola Teaching Hospital, are among the people who have tested positive to COVID -19 on the Copperbelt.
According to an impeccable source who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of victimised as the matter is being swept under the carpet by authorities in order not to raise alarm, lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been a challenge at the health institution.
This is information has allegedly been shared with the Ministry of Health but instruction has been made not to reveal the fate of the health personnel at the institution for fear of alarming the situation.
A hostel at the Ndola School of Nursing has allegedly been turned into their quarantine facility.