RUSAPE General Hospital has partnered with Medical Air Rescue Services (MARS) to provide free rapid COVID 19 testing at the institution.
When The Manica Post visited the hospital today people were trickling in to be tested and by 10.30am, seven people had been tested.
The hospital’s medical superintendent, Dr Stewart Karembo said the low turnout might have been caused by people’s fear of being isolated in the event that they test positive.
” We welcome the initiative by our partners, MARS to provide these critical tests free of charge and it complement efforts by the Ministry of Health and Child Care to test as many people as possible.
“So far the numbers are very low and most people are inquiring what happens in the event that they test positive and we are telling them that they will be isolated for further management and they develop cold feet. We are encouraging people to come and know where they stand,” said Dr Karembo.
MARS Mutare base manager, Mr Farai Chikunguru said his organisation is on a nationwide testing drive in partnership with the Government and local authorities.
” We have a running national programme for rapid Covid-19 testing. We are working with hospitals. In Manicaland, so far we are working with Rusape General Hospital and Mutare City Council,” said Mr Chikunguru.