THE circumstances leading to the death of media personality Zororo Makamba of coronavirus on Monday at Wilkins Hospital in the capital were tragic.
The level of the hospital’s ill-preparedness and negligence of health personnel, as exposed by the Makamba family, were legendary.
Tawanda Makamba, the family spokesperson, gave a heart-breaking narration of how his brother Zororo lost his battle against the lethal coronavirus.
Just to imagine that the hospital had no intensive care unit, ventilator and oxygen when it was designated by the government to handle cases of the pandemic, is not only sickening to the bone, but shocking.
That even when the family sourced their own ventilator, health personnel at Wilkins failed to power it on flimsy excuses that the room Zororo was admitted in had no electricity sockets and plugs, was the height of obscene negligence, intolerable and punishable.
The way Tawanda narrated Zoro’s ordeal, it was palpable that there was no chance in hell that the popular broadcaster would have survived. It sounds as if there was a conspiracy to let him die.
Zororo died a bitter man, and as a nation what happened to him should never be replicated. His death should certainly be a wake-up call to the government to do what is right to fight the scourge of the pandemic.
It is high time that Health minister Obadiah Moyo, who over the last two months had been assuring the nation that the country was equipped to handle coronavirus, must humble himself and launch a crowdfund to mobilise for material resources to fight the pandemic.
It’s shocking that Zimbabwe reportedly has just over 50 intensive care units to cater for a population of 14 million. We do not have enough coronavirus testing kits and only two hospitals – Wilkins and Beatrice – reserved to handle the pandemic.
Cap in hand, Moyo should as matter of urgency crowdfund to adequately equip the referral hospitals.
The private sector is waiting on the wings to ameliorate the situation the country finds itself in. It is the private sector that led the initiative to mitigate the effects of Cyclone Idai last year when it hit hard Chimanimani in Manicaland.
There is no doubt that the same private sector is ever ready to assist in marshalling of material resources to fight the pandemic.
Going by Moyo’s statistics, we only have three confirmed cases of the virus and if we pull our efforts in the right direction as a nation, the spread would certainly be minimised.
It is never too late for Moyo and the government to do the right thing now. The only other option is to continue as usual, the virus spreads and the nation will be pulverised, atomised into discreet particles!