Zanu-PF stalwart’s son found hanging
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