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Tanzania explains silence over Covid-19 updates

As we speak marks seven days for the reason that authorities launched outcomes of samples examined for the coronavirus, as well being authorities coordinating the Covid-19 combat say they’re nonetheless engaged on a complete report and that will decide when the outcomes could be out.

Till yesterday, the one publicly obtainable replace on the state of Covid-19 within the nation was a report issued since Wednesday final week by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa which indicated that there have been 480 confirmed circumstances of the viral illness with 16 deaths in Tanzania.

The information mixed outcomes of samples obtained from Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar. However in keeping with the Nationwide Coordinator for Covid-19 Response and Ministry of Well being’s Public Well being Emergencies’ Danger Communication Officer, Dr Tumaini Haonga, the testing of samples is ongoing on the Nationwide Well being Laboratory and outcomes could be introduced by the related authorities.

He didn’t, nonetheless, clarify if there was a set date or interval for launch of the info.On Sunday President John Magufuli took a swipe on the take a look at outcomes issued by the Nationwide Well being Laboratory, saying the lab ought to be investigated for alleged “sabotage,” after samples of sheep, pawpaw and goat that have been secretly despatched to the power returned optimistic outcomes.

The laboratory’s director, Dr Nyambura Moremi, and the standard assurance supervisor, Mr Jacob Lusekelo, stay suspended pending investigations, heightening considerations as as to if additional outcomes on examined samples could be launched to the general public.

Dr Haonga advised The Citizen yesterday that individuals who have been examined for Covid-19 within the nation are receiving outcomes however he emphasised, saying the general public launch of the outcomes will depend upon whether or not there may be sufficient knowledge to subject out to the general public.

“We famous that it was not wise to provide each day updates of small numbers. It was then determined {that a} complete report could be issued by the Ministry of Well being or one other related authority at an opportune time, alongside different public well being sensitisation messages on Covid-19 prevention,’’ stated Dr Haonga.

The Zanzibar Ministry of Well being says it will resume the method of releasing outcomes subsequent Monday. For the previous six days, Zanzibar had stopped issuing outcomes of the examined coronavirus samples.

The minister, Mr Hamad Rashid Mohammed, advised The Citizen {that a} new testing machine was nonetheless being put in within the Isles.

“We ordered for a testing machine which we’re within the course of of putting in and we’ll begin issuing outcomes by Monday nest week,’’ stated the minister in a telephone interview.

The Covid-19 testing outcomes are central to the administration of the illness and are key in serving to family of the deceased who take a look at optimistic to know how you can conduct the burials.

The Chief Medical Officer Prof Abel Makubi on Tuesday stated the federal government had allowed family who most well-liked to be given the our bodies of their family members for burial at their properties to take action.

This article was originally published by The Citizen.


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