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Update: Situation at Newlands Clinic Coronavirus

While coronavirus is still dominating the world, Newlands Clinic is keeping its safety measures in place to minimize the infection risk as much as possible. Read all about the latest developments.
 

24th August
When the first patients with Covid-19 came to the district hospital Makumbe there was almost no medical equipment. Our Medical Director Cleophas Chimbetete heard of it during a lesson at the hospital when he taught the staff about Covid-19 measures. Together with our Country Director Matthias Widmaier he brought some medical equipment. Therefore, doctors, nurses and patients have something to hold against the coronavirus.

6th August
Whilst the number of Covid-19 cases are rising in Zimbabwe, we stepped up our safety measures. We installed Plexiglas in front of all counters. Furthermore, we replaced our temporary constructions with a new triage tent. This is where, our nurses are asking our patients about their health state and are measuring fever. Taking this safety steps, we want to prevent people with Covid-19 symptoms from being in contact with other patients or staff. And, we are reducing the risk of infection to the minimum.

17th June
Our laboratory at Newlands Clinic finally received a delivery of testing supplies. Due to the corona crisis it has been challenging to import material. Samples we had to put on hold are now being processed by our staff. This is how we ensure high quality treatment at Newlands Clinic. more...

27th May
The great need for training of healthcare workers managing HIV positive patients remains. Currently it is not possible to coach nurses and doctors in our Trainings Center at Newlands Clinic due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, our team is conducting HIV management training to healthcare workers at various governmental hospitals across Zimbabwe. The first course took place in a town called Norton. The course was well received by the participants. They requested that Newlands Clinic continues to offer support to them for the management of complicated cases. We intend to run the courses in various hospitals and necessary precautions to prevent covid-19 infection will be observed.

19th May
At the end of March, the Zimbabwean authorities imposed a curfew to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The lockdown should have ended last Sunday, but has been extended for another two weeks. The slightly loosened measures in force since May 5th will remain in place until further notice. Newlands Clinic is operating as normally as possible under the circumstances. Precautions regarding Covid-19 apply, such as taking a temperature at the entrance. About 100 to 150 patients visit us per day. Most of them pick up their 3-month supply of medication, but there are also emergencies that need urgent treatment. The opportunity to contact us by phone is frequently used. This allows to avoid unnecessary mobility for patients.

The corona pandemic is a burden for the people, the strict lockdown measures hit them hard and threaten the existence of many. Food aid is therefore becoming increasingly important. Up to 50 people come to the clinic every day to collect maize meal, beans, oil and peanut butter for their families. The difficult situation will continue even after Corona. We are doing everything possible to keep our patients safe and support them during this difficult time.

5th May 2020
As of Monday, the Zimbabwean Government has relaxed certain measures which were taken to contain the corona epidemic. For example, some shops have opened again. But a ban on assembly and work still applies to those people who have not been tested for corona virus. Private and public transport is still not circulating, and masks are compulsory.
The Newlands Clinic has also adjusted its operations. All staff, except for extremely vulnerable risk persons, are working again. In addition, the Woman’s Health Center is open and treating patients. As a result of the adjustments at the clinic, many patients visited us on the first day. While last week there were about 100 people per day, yesterday there were already 200 people seeking help. We are very happy that we have regained a bit of normality. However, we still must be careful and wait and see so that we can guide all our patients safely through this crisis.

28th April 2020
The lockdown in Zimbabwe puts a number of our already vulnerable patients in distress. Our mental and social health (MSH) team is more indispensable than ever. They had to find new ways to support our patients during the corona crisis. Bahati Kasimonje, head of social and mental health, is giving an insight. more...

20th April 2020
The Zimbabwean government prolonged the lockdown for 14 days until the 3rd of May 2020. Newlands Clinic remains open and provides its essential medical services. Between 60 to 100 patients are seeking help at Newlands Clinic every day, and approximately 15 patients are collecting food. Last week we received another food delivery. That means we have enough supplies for the next several weeks. The police and the military enforced its controls and roadblocks, so our staff is experiencing more trouble coming to the clinic. To solve this problem, we obtained an official permission letter from the Ministry of Health. If patients are held back by authorities, we need to decide case by case how to approach the situation. The Zimbabwean government opened a new hospital in Harare dedicated to treating COVID-19, where we would transfer suspected COVID-19 cases. Newlands Clinic does not have the equipment and knowledge to treat patients with COVID-19.

15th April 2020
Thanks to our pharmacy team, we received a large supply of medication. Our stock will last at least another three months. Before that, our stock emptied fast as we equipped as many patients as possible with a three-month-supply. So, they can stay at home during the corona crisis.

8th April 2020
Newlands Clinic obtained another delivery of food. Our stock will last for some additional weeks. Furthermore, our Clinic mastered the first week of the lockdown Zimbabwe well. more...

31th March 2020
Our team pushed itself to top from last week. As of yesterday, Zimbabwean government ordered a lockdown in the country. Before the shutdown, our team managed to distribute medicines to as many patients as possible with a three-month supply of medication to those who are stable. Thanks to our team, who worked tirelessly and without any interruption, this was even possible. From the bottom of our hearts, we are thankful for everyone who kept pushing through this grueling situation. more...

30th March 2020
We can say that Newlands Clinic will be open for the provision of services during the ‘lockdown’ period. If a patient thinks they may have signs and symptoms of possible COVID 19 infection, they should phone the Clinic before they come and ask to speak to a doctor. If a patient is concerned that they may not be able to come for their scheduled appointment, they are free to come in any time, there will be staff who will attend to them.

23th March 2020
The Zimbabwean Ministry of Health and Child Care reported its first coronavirus death. Another person tested positive. Newlands Clinic made provisions. As of today, patients must pass screening before entering the clinic. Our staff is measuring temperature and asking questions about the patients’ health status and other possible risks.

20th March 2020
Zimbabwe has no confirmed COVID-19 cases until now. We are monitoring the situation closely. Newlands Clinic is continuously adapting the measures we already took. We are welcoming every patient in a temporary pavilion as of Monday. more…

17th March 2020
Until now, COVID-19 did not affect Zimbabwe. All suspected cases turned out to be negative, the Zimbabwean Ministry of Health and Child Care reported. Our medical staff at Newlands Clinic is closely monitoring the situation and took precautionary measures. more…