THE ZAMBIA Medical Association (ZMA) has expressed “great concern” at the rising number of COVID-19 infections, severity of disease and associated deaths.
ZMA fears that if not rapidly contained, the “second wave” that was anecdotally being driven by a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 would collapse the health system.
In a statement this morning, ZMA secretary general Dr Masiku Phiri said the health system had been stretched to full capacity.
Dr Phiri said the country’s COVID-19 situation was on the brink of getting out of hand.
He suggested the decentralisation of COVID-19 treatment by establishing facility preparedness of lower level hospitals including General Hospitals, District Hospitals and First-Level Hospitals.
Dr Phiri said this would help control the referral flow and routine screening of the public.
“It is also rationale that if patients with mild to moderate symptoms can be managed from homes, then Private Hospitals must come on board and be allowed to fully manage less severe forms of COVID pneumonia as long as notification protocol is adhered to,” Dr Phiri suggested.
©Kalemba January 18, 2021