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Zimbabwe FETP Update on COVID-19 response

Zimbabwe has recorded 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and four deaths as at April 30, 2020. Zimbabwe is currently under the second phase of a country wide lock down until 18 May 2020. The Zimbabwe Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) through its residents, partnered with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) to carry out nationwide healthcare worker trainings on COVID-19 case management.

The residents participated in drafting the training material slides, and crafting the SOPs for management of different case scenarios. The trainings focused mainly on the epidemiology of the SARS- CoV-2, diagnosis, surveillance and contact tracing, clinical management of suspected and mild to severe cases, infection prevention and control practices as well as risk communication. The residents were also involved in practical demonstration sessions like donning and doffing of PPE, hand washing techniques and collection of samples.

The trainees were composed of doctors from all specialties, nurses, laboratory personnel, pharmacists, health promotion officers and environmental health officers. These were drawn from the government, private and council institutions. Currently 441 healthcare workers have been trained from the 10 provinces of the country. 

Zimbabwe FETP residents are also participating in assessment of COVID-19 case management and risk communication and community engagement pillar response trainings. Some of the residents are working with the ministry of Health and Childcare to conduct a KAP survey for health workers with the our hope that findings from this survey will assist MOHCC to address critical issues that health workers are concerned about in the response to Covid-19.