Woman dies af­ter drink­ing herbal con­coc­tion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Whins­ley Masara

A WOMAN from Jot­sholo died al­legedly af­ter drink­ing a herbal con­coc­tion that an in­yanga pre­scribed to cure an undis­closed ail­ment.

Char­ity Mpala (23) of Silenje’s Homestead un­der Chief Mab­hikwa vom­ited and died min­utes af­ter drink­ing the con­coc­tion at about 10AM on Thurs­day last week.

Po­lice of­fi­cers in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter took the con­coc­tion for lab­o­ra­tory test­ing be­fore fer­ry­ing Mpala’s body to the United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals for post­mortem.

The post­mortem re­sults state that Mpala suf­fered pan­creas haem­or­rhage. Mata­bele­land North pro­vin­cial act­ing po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Eglon Nkala con­firmed re­ceiv­ing a re­port of sud­den death.

“I can con­firm that we re­ceived a re­port of sud­den death of a woman who died af­ter tak­ing tra­di­tional med­i­ca­tion. In­ves­ti­ga­tions are in progress to as­cer­tain the cause of death,” he said.

It is al­leged that Mpala vis­ited the in­yanga, Mr Vusumuzi Sibanda, who heals peo­ple by com­bin­ing tra­di­tional meth­ods and bi­b­li­cal prayer, at around 9AM last Thurs­day. A neigh­bour who pre­ferred anonymity said: “She had been com­plain­ing of feel­ing some­thing in her stom­ach which seemed to be mov­ing and caus­ing her pain. Char­ity asked for a con­coc­tion which would make her vomit to re­move the thing from her stom­ach.

“Sibanda made her a con­coc­tion which had a num­ber of in­gre­di­ents and a large amount of vine­gar. Mo­ments af­ter drink­ing it, she started vom­it­ing but they thought it was just an up­set stom­ach. When the vom­it­ing per­sisted, with her con­di­tion im­me­di­ately de­te­ri­o­rat­ing, he called neigh­bours who fer­ried her to the clinic in a scotch cart. She died be­fore they ar­rived at the clinic.”

A po­lice source has re­vealed that there was even more drama when po­lice were re­turn­ing from Bu­l­awayo for post­mortem. “The po­lice ve­hi­cle had a break­down along the Bu­l­awayo-Vic­to­ria Falls Road and they towed the car to In­suza po­lice sta­tion. Re­al­is­ing that it would prob­a­bly take longer to fix the car, po­lice com­mu­ni­cated with the fam­ily to come and pick up the body. The fam­ily in­stead told them to con­tact the in­yanga who they said was go­ing to bury the de­ceased,” said the source.

The po­lice source said they got in touch with the in­yanga and he said he could not af­ford to move the body as he only had two goats be­tween him and poverty.

“The now de­com­pos­ing body was kept at the po­lice sta­tion un­til Fri­day evening at around 7PM. They left In­suza for Jot­sholo that evening with the body.”

Chief Mab­hikwa en­cour­aged vil­lagers to pri­ori­tise do­ing med­i­cal check-ups in hos­pi­tals.

“This can help in avoid­ing dis­putes where peo­ple point fin­gers at each other. This woman may prob­a­bly have been treated suc­cess­fully at a med­i­cal fa­cil­ity,” said Chief Mab­hikwa. — @win­nie_­masara

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