Harare city fathers are instituting investigations on how the Wilkins Hospital handled Zororo Makamba, who died under quarantine with COVID-19 according to a presser.
This comes after the Makamba family accused the hospital that handles COVID-19 cases of neglecting the Zimbabwean journalist.
The presser says “Harare City Council is instituting investigations in 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.”
The council went on to explain how the city’s quarantine facility is handled and advises that despite Wilkins Hospital being a council facility, during times of crisis and strife like the COVID-19 pandemic, the 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,” the presser reads.
“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.”
Mayor Herbert Gomba went to meet the Makamba family to hear them out and address pertinent issues arising from the events that took place at Wilkins; leading to the first death from coronavirus in Zimbabwe.
Wilkins is currently undergoing renovations to the tune of US$100 000, with support from the Chinese nationals in Zimbabwe.