World Zimbabwe: the health system is in decline and the coronavirus is raging
Woman who dodged COVID check questions posts she 'regrets nothing'
A woman Victorian authorities labelled "incredibly selfish" has posted she "regrets nothing" on her Facebook page, days after she made headlines for appearing to refuse to tell police where she was going at a Melbourne vehicle checkpoint. The woman, known as Eve Black, appeared to boast about dodging one of the police roadblocks in a video she uploaded on Facebook - but it has since been taken down - where she refused to provide the officer with details of where she was travelling."I don't need to answer your questions," Ms Black said to police.
The heartbreaking images sparked outrage in Zimbabwe: Seven stillborn infants wrapped in green cloths on hospital shelving. The dramatic consequence of an abandoned health system, on which the Covid-19 crisis has come to weigh a little more.
The night at the end of July during which these seven babies were stillborn at the Harare Public Hospital, eight women gave birth there. Only one child survived, said on Twitter Dr. Peter Magombeyi who published the shocking image.
Ten new deaths as Victoria records 458 new coronavirus cases
Victoria has recorded 459 new cases of COVID-19 and ten further deaths. Premier Daniel Andrews said seven men and three women have died after contracting COVID-19 in the state, including a man in his 40s.Seven of the deaths are linked to aged care facilities. © Getty Daniel Andrews has announced that ten people died in Victoria overnight as 459 new cases were recorded. There are still 8181 active cases in the state, which has enforced Stage Three lockdowns in the Melbourne CBD for the last 17 days. There are 228 Victorians in hospital, 42 of which are receiving intensive care treatment.
According to doctors, this incident is only the tip of the iceberg represented by the dramatic state of the public health sector, on the verge of collapse due to shortages of drugs and basic equipment and 'understaffed and underpaid staff.
"The situation is extremely worrying", told AFP the boss of the Association of Hospital Doctors of Zimbabwe, Norman Matara: "A courageous doctor only managed to take this photo, but it is a very small number, if we look at what is happening in other hospitals ".
According to experts, the roots of the health sector crisis lie in the country's wider economic collapse: hyperinflation is back, factories are closing, the official unemployment rate is exploding to around 90% and the majority of the population is sinking more and more into poverty, now struggling to afford a real meal.
Churchgoers declared close contacts as NSW records 14 new COVID-19 cases
Four of the 14 new cases recorded in New South Wales have been linked to a church outbreak, with people who attended five different services now declared close contacts.Four of the new cases attended funeral and church services in south west Sydney between 16 and 19 of July and have been urged to isolate and get tested, regardless of symptoms.
For the doctors, many lifeless births are due to the difficulties of access to care that pregnant women encounter.
The Covid-19 pandemic has further aggravated the situation. Nurses have been on a pearl strike across the country for months, demanding wage hikes and protective gear against the novel coronavirus. Doctors and interns have joined the movement.
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And employees at work in public hospitals, which house the vast majority of Zimbabweans, are overwhelmed.
For the time being, the Head of State said he understood the grievances of the medical staff but was content to call on them to fully resume work in the face of the rapid spread of the epidemic.
"I call on our medical staff to act in the national interest and show a sense of responsibility," President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Friday delivering the eulogy for his late Agriculture Minister Perrance Shiri. of Covid-19.
Melbourne baby in hospital ICU with COVID-19
A baby at the Royal Children's Hospital aged under three weeks has tested positive to coronavirus as four cases have emerged in a cluster at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) confirmed today two parents, one patient and a healthcare worker had been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the NICU at the hospital."All babies, staff and parents, including any RCH staff who have spent more than two hours on Butterfly Ward since 12 July will be tested," the DHHS statement read.
"Your grievances, which we recognize and which we continue to take care of, cannot be defended at the expense of human lives," he added, "when the pandemic spreads and the human toll increases, no one is a winner, no one. We all die. "
On Saturday evening, the country recorded 490 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours, the highest figure since the appearance of the new coronavirus in Zimbabwe and the number of deaths - 69 - has doubled in 10 days.
"We have no protective equipment and all the government does are promises", protested Norman Matara. "There are no drugs in the hospitals, it's difficult to do our job."
According to him, 15% of Covid-19 infections recorded in the country concern members of the healthcare staff.
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"This shows that we run a significant risk of being infected and therefore we cannot continue to work without protective clothing", he underlines.
The nurses have promised not to back down until their demands are met. "Nurses are infected every day," said the president of a nurses union, Simbarashe Tafirenyika.
"We are forced to wear N95 masks for seven days and surgical masks for three days, while we are supposed to throw them away (these two types of masks, editor's note) after a single use," he explains. "We cannot continue to die" and we must "protect our families".
The country has not had a real Minister of Health for nearly a month and the July 7 sacking of Obadiah Moyo, charged with corruption and accused of illegally awarding a $ 20 million contract for the supply of Covid-19 tests and protective equipment.
Most hospitals no longer have administrative officials, sacked en masse after suspicion of corruption in the supply of protective equipment against the coronavirus.
"The political seriousness needed to resolve current health challenges is lacking," said Itai Rusike, director of the Community Health Working Group (CWGH), a network of citizen and community organizations.
"Without a real Minister of Health (...) the Ministry of Health operates on automatic pilot", he believes.
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Deadly mistakes in aged care outbreak .
Some of the deaths and anguish caused by Victoria's second wave epidemic need not have happened. Molony works in aged care. Until recently, she worked as a clinical first responder for Aspen Medical, an international agency contracted by the federal government to help nursing homes deal with COVID-19 outbreaks.In April she was sent into Newmarch House, the western Sydney nursing home where 19 residents died with the virus. On Monday, July 20, she was sent to an Estia aged care facility in Heidelberg. After experiencing what she did that day, she says she will never work a shift for Aspen again.