Zanu-PF stal­wart’s son found hang­ing

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but they are still be­ing ad­min­is­tered on pa­tients yet they don’t have any ef­fect,” said a source.

Ingut­sheni Hos­pi­tal does not charge pa­tients for its ser­vices and the in­sti­tu­tion de­pends en­tirely on the Gov­ern­ment’s bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion for its re­cur­rent ex­pen­di­ture and cap­i­tal projects.

Hos­pi­tal au­thor­i­ties have on sev­eral oc­ca­sions ap­pealed for do­na­tions from well-wish­ers to cater for the needs of pa­tients at the in­sti­tu­tion.

Health and Child Care Min­is­ter Dr David Parireny­atwa re­cently ex­pressed con­cern over acute food and medicine short­ages at Ingut­sheni Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal in Bu­l­awayo and said the gov­ern­ment was strug­gling to pro­vide for the in­creas­ing num­ber of pa­tients at the in­sti­tu­tion.

The trou­bles fac­ing the in­sti­tu­tion have been com­pounded by some of the pa­tients who have since made the hos­pi­tal their per­ma­nent home for var­i­ous rea­sons.

Re­ports of the drug short­age emerged as a pa­tient at the hos­pi­tal re­port­edly killed her­self by cov­er­ing her head with a plas­tic bag af­ter a doc­tor had re­fused to dis­charge her.

Sources at the hos­pi­tal said the pa­tient, only iden­ti­fied as Paida had de­manded to be dis­charged be­fore she de­cided to take her life at about 5.30PM on Satur­day last week.

“The lady com­mit­ted sui­cide be­cause the doc­tor who was at­tend­ing to her re­fused to give her leave of ab­sence be­cause she was a pros­ti­tute.

“She had been dis­charged ear­lier but was brought back by her fam­ily.

“When the doc­tor in­sisted that she was not go­ing home, she cov­ered her head with a plas­tic and cov­ered her body with a blan­ket at about 5.30PM. At that time the day shift nurses were wait­ing to hand over to their col­leagues who were on night shift,” said a source at the hos­pi­tal.

The source said the nurses were alerted by other pa­tients who heard her gasp­ing but they found her dead.

The hos­pi­tal’s pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Mrs Von­gai Chimb­windi yes­ter­day de­clined to com­ment and re­ferred ques­tions to the clin­i­cal di­rec­tor, a Dr Ranga.

Dr Ranga, who de­manded ques­tions in writ­ing on hard copy also de­clined to com­ment, say­ing he needed time to gather facts. A FORM Three pupil at Mpopoma High School, son to Bu­l­awayo’s Zanu-PF pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary for in­for­ma­tion and pub­lic­ity, al­legedly com­mit­ted sui­cide by hang­ing on Tues­day morn­ing.

Cde Christo­pher Sibanda’s son Eddie, was found hang­ing from a tree at his fam­ily’s res­i­dence in Njube sub­urb. It could not be im­me­di­ately es­tab­lished what led him to take his life.

A Chron­i­cle news crew vis­ited the fam­ily’s home and spoke to Cde Sibanda who de­scribed the in­ci­dent as a dis­grace.

“What will I ben­e­fit if you pub­li­cise this? Noth­ing ex­cept em­bar­rass­ment! Lih­lazo leli ( It’s a dis­grace). Ev­ery­one knows about it. If you wait for the fu­neral ser­vice you’ll see scores of peo­ple gath­er­ing here,” said Cde Sibanda.

“So many peo­ple have come to pay their con­do­lences. Many war veter­ans have come to con­sole me. Al­ready peo­ple know about ih­lazo leli. Why do you want to pub­lish this? How come so many peo­ple com­mit sui­cide here but we don’t read about them?” quizzed Cde Sibanda.

He said the in­ci­dent will crush his spirit if it gets pub­lished.

“There are a lot of things trou­bling me. They’re peo­ple both­er­ing me and this has crushed me. If you pub­lish it, it will cause me fur­ther pain. You can get the report from the po­lice who were here and did their in­ves­ti­ga­tion lead­ing to a log­i­cal con­clu­sion of the in­ci­dent. They’re the ones who took the body,” he said.

Cde Sibanda said if the news crew wanted finer de­tails about the event, they were free to cover the burial.

He did not dis­close when his son would be laid to rest.

A Njube res­i­dent said peo­ple in the sub­urb were shocked to learn of the teenager’s death.

“We were shocked to hear that Eddie hanged him­self. At his age what could have trou­bled him to the point of tak­ing his own life?” asked a res­i­dent.

A com­ment could not be ob­tained from Bu­l­awayo act­ing po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Abed­nico Ncube.

Ingut­sheni Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal in Bu­l­awayo

Min­is­ter Jo­ram Gumbo

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