In the aftermath of broadcaster Mr Zororo Makamba controversially passing away at Wilkins Hospital last week the Harare City Council has decided to investigate the issue.
This follows complaints by his family alleging negligence and financial impropriety by some personnel at institution.
Below we reproduce the Council statement:
Harare City Council is instituting investigations into 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.
In the meantime His Worship Harare Mayor Cllr Herbert Gomba has undertaken to meet the Makamba family to hear them out and address any pertinent issues arising from the events.
Council takes this opportunity to advise stakeholders that 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.
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. Currently the city is funding all activities around the pandemic which include contact tracing, case management, risk communication. Council has had to virement funds from other votes to support the COVID`19 fight.
The hospital is currently undergoing renovations to the tune of US$100 000. The work is funded by Chinese business people under the supervision of the Chinese Embassy who are dealing directly with the contractors.