By Petronilla Mukamuri
HARARE city council has opened investigations around the alleged failure by Wilkins Hospital staff to offer basic healthcare to the late Zororo Makamba who was diagnosed with Corona Virus (COVID 19) before he died at the institution.
The family alleged that Wilkins which has been set aside to care for COVID 19 patients failed to offer basic healthcare to the late Makamba, saying the staff was unhelpful, hospital did not have life support machines like a basic ventilator and even after being supplied with one did not have a socket in the room where Makamba was admitted.
The embarrassing revelations by the family of the late Makamba forced Harare Mayor Herbert Gomba into action.
“Harare City Council is now investigating what happened at Wilkins Hospital when the late Mr Zororo Makamba was admitted. The investigation follows comments by the Makamba family over allegations of impropriety in the manner the patient was handled,”said Gomba .
Gomba said he had met with Makamba’s family to hear out their grievances.
” In the meantime I am going to meet the Makamba family to hear them out and address any pertinent issues arising from the events,”Gomba said.
Gomba said although Wilkins was a council facility it was operating under the control and management of the government.
“Despite Wilkins Hospital being a council facility, during times of crisis and strife like this one – our institution comes under the direct management of Government,”he said.
Gomba said Wilkins and Beatrice lnfectious Diseases are designed to cater for primary health care with complicated cases being referred to referral hospitals.
“The city’s health facilities including Wilkins and Beatrice Infectious Diseases Hospital are designed to cater for primary health care with complicated cases being referred to referral hospitals. Ordinarily our clinics and hospitals therefore do not have some of the equipment needed for complicated issues. The current crisis requires all stakeholders to pull resources together to fight the scourge,”Gomba said .