There is drama surrounding the confirmation of a case in which a 47 year old man of Mzilawayingwe in the city of Mzuzu is confirmed as a covid-19 patient.
Yesterday an ambulance from Mzuzu Central Hospital (MCH) returned the said patient back home after the medical personnel are said to have failed to trace anything to do with coronavirus in him despite his visit to the United Republic of Tanzania a few days ago.
As per normal arrangement if Covid-19 is diagnosed the patient was supposed to be isolated from the community to any of the quarantine canters which government and other stakeholders in the fight against Covid-19 have instituted.
According to an eye witness who happen to be a resident Mzilawayingwe township and government employee working for one of the security institutions expressed disappointment with the conduct of some top government officials who rushed to confirm the Covid-19 cases even before the health personnel had conducted any test on the suspected patients.
He said, it is very unfair for government to create unnecessary tension in communities while at the same time create an atmosphere of stigmatization among community members.
“The MCH ambulance has just brought home the alleged Covid-19 patient of Mzilawaingwe. He has tested negative according to the people that were there witnessing his arrival. So why did the authorities rush to announce before the final results,
“It’s very unfortunate indeed my boss, It is true that the man is indeed at home and tested negative, men and women of the Press, ntchito iyooo!!!!!. Can you meet the alleged victim to spill out the beans of false information as announced by the said minister,” he said.
Meanwhile, there is no immediate information from the health officials as to why they have returned the said patient back home.
On Thursday, the health Minister, Jappie Mhango told the nation that now the country has confirmed the 37th Covid-19 patient, the first ever in the city of Mzuzu since the first victim of coronavirus was found in the country on 2nd March 2020.