CHILUFYA WARNS PRIVATE HOSPITALS AGAINST KEEPING COVID-19 PATIENTS

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Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya has sounded a warning to some private health facilities keeping in admission suspected Covid-19 patients.

Dr. Chilufya says such facilities will be held responsible for late referrals.

He has since appealed to the public to seek medical attention at designated Covid-19 health facilities.

Speaking during the Covid-19 update in Lusaka today, the Health Minister said two very ill patients are currently in admission after being referred late from private facilities.

Dr. Chilufya said although the country has continued to record low cases of Covid-19, the disease severity among the patients continues to be worrying, especially for those with underlying conditions.

He further expressed concern that some bar owners are abrogating the stipulated operating hours, with some drinking places operating until 05 hours in the morning.

Meanwhile, Dr. Chilufya said 91 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded from 2 ,731 tests conducted.

He said 8 brought-in-dead were also recorded while 83 patients have been discharged.

Dr. Chilufya explained that health authorities have continued to see reduced cases and that 17 patients are currently in admission.

He said a reduction has also been noted in the number of patients on oxygen support.

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