Midlands top Registrar General official Mpambo succumbed to Covid-19


Andrew Mpambo who was the acting Midlands Provincial Deputy Registrar, succumbed to Covid-19 and was laid to rest Friday in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, midlands news can report, writes OWEN MATAVA.

It is believed that Mpambo fell down in the morning at his home located at old Prison Complex in Gweru before being rushed to Gweru Provincial Hospital where he later died Thursday.

Provincial Medical Director Dr, Reginald Mhene confirmed the latest development.

“I can confirm that Mpambo died of Covid 19 at Gweru Provincial Hospital”, he said adding the he started showing symptoms of Covid 19 after returning from his rural home in Bikita where he had gone to attend a funeral.

Mpambo who became the fourth Covid-19 victim in the Midlands province was buried yesterday at a private cemetery along Chiundura road.

On Tuesday, Government declared Gweru, the Midlands Provincial capital as a Covid-19 hotspot together with Bulawayo and Harare as local transmissions surge.

Government said the Covid-19 hotspots will be analysed with a view to implementing stricter lockdown measures so as to ensure behaviour change.

Following Mpambo’s death, Midlands Covid-19 Rapid Response team led by Midlands Provincial Medical Director Dr Reginald Mhene and Gweru Provincial Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Fabian Mashingaidze went to the Provincial Registrar’s offices and addressed workers before offices were disinfected.

Mpambo’s house at the Old Prison Complex was also disinfected.

Dr Mhene said they have since asked the Rapid Response team in Masvingo to start contact tracing for people who attended the same funeral while locally they are tracing those he was in contact with.