Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals (PGoH) has dismissed as fake news social media reports claiming that COVID-19 corpses are scattered all over the hospital.
In a statement, PGoH said the reports exaggerated the situation obtaining at the hospital as the institution has never experienced such a scenario. The statement read:
We have come across social media articles with unsubstantiated claims about our Covid-19 Centre.
Some are claiming that there are Covid-19 bodies lying all over Parirenyatwa Hospital. We would like to set the record straight.
We have never had a scenario where bodies of the deceased are found everywhere within the hospital.
This is a clear exaggeration of our situation. Our patients and visitors can bear testimony to this.
The hospital also denied reports suggesting that a patient who got infected whilst admitted at the institution.
PGoH said it is dangerous and deceitful to blame the hospital without evidence as this negatively impact patients, staff and the general public. The hospital said:
We have also taken note of an allegation that there was a patient who got infected while admitted at our hospital.
It is known scientifically that a Covid-19 PCR Test has a sensitivity level that depends on a number of factors, chief of which is the timing of the test in relation to exposure.
Blaming the hospital for transmitting Covid-19 to a patient without evidence is dangerous and deceitful especially considering not only the high community transmission levels but implications of such unsubstantiated statements on our patients, staff and the general public.