Zimbabwe's Health System Exhausted by Covid-19 Second Wave

Following a recent spike in Covid-19-related cases and deaths, Zimbabwe's already struggling health system is buckling under the pressure. In several facilities, health workers are operating without adequate PPE, medication, equipment and oxygen and, with an existing and ongoing shortage of nurses and doctors, most health centres are unable to operate at full capacity, putting more pressure on those who are able to work. The sudden escalation of Covid-19 cases and fatalities in January was likely a result of increased travel during the December holiday season, the opening of the Beitbridge border post (a bustling entry point between Zimbabwe and South Africa) and the second Covid-19 wave in the Southern Africa region, according to MSF.

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MSF staff screening patients at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Zimbabwe.

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