Drama as Thai Patient Flees Zimbabwe Hospital Before Coronavirus Virus Test, ZTN Says
Man was referred to Harare’s main infectious diseases hospital State-controlled ZTN says father assisted in hospital escape
A 26-year-old man from Thailand fled a hospital in Zimbabwe’s capital as medical staff were preparing to test him for coronavirus, a state-controlled news service said.
The patient had been referred to Harare’s main infectious diseases hospital by a private clinic, ZTN News, a streaming service owned by state-controlled Zimbabwe Newspapers, reported Monday, citing Harare City Health Director Prosper Chonzi.
The patient fled the hospital with his father’s help immediately after going through incubation and while waiting to be tested.
He was the fourth person sent to the hospital for coronavirus testing. Two other people tested negative, as did a deceased woman of Chinese origin who died before she reached the hospital.
“We have reported the case to the police and we are working hand in hand with them to try and locate the patient as soon as possible and bring them to the hospital for admission,” Chonzi told ZTN.
Harare City Health Director, Dr Prosper Chonzi says the suspect was whisked away by his father from the hospital. “It is sad that the patient in question had to escape treatment. He had completed the incubation process, and upon arrival at the hospital for admission, while medical officers were escorting him to the isolation room, he was whisked away by his father.
“We have reported the case to the police and we are working hand in hand with them to try and locate the patient as soon as possible and bring then to the hospital for admission”, he said. Zimbabwe has dealt with five suspected Coronavirus cases so far and four have tested negative