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Kariba Independence Day Accident Exposes Poor State Of Hospitals

Kariba Independence Day Accident Exposes Poor State Of Hospitals

The fatal accident that occurred in Kariba last week on Independence Day exposed the sorry state of Zimbabwe’s healthcare sector.

Four people died in the accident and 32 were injured while travelling from Kasvisva rural where they had attended the district Independence Day celebrations.

A speeding Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) UD truck which was ferrying the people veered off the road and plunged into a ravine 20km from Kariba town.

The victims suffered broken arms, legs and multiple fractures. Two of the deceased died on the spot.

The injured were transferred from Kariba Hospital to Chinhoyi, nearly 260km away, because the local hospital did not have simple basics such as bandages. Former Kariba mayor George Masendu said:

The hospital had no bandages and relatives had to buy from private pharmacies. Kariba Hospital has no X-ray machine and patients had to be ferried to Chinhoyi and nine ambulances were deployed to help out.

As much as the health staff is committed, there are no adequate resources and as a nation, this is a sad reality 42 years after independence.

One of the victims of the accident who died on the spot was the Musambakaruma nurse-in-charge Thomas Munenga.

Munenga had spent 20 years as a nurse around Kariba’s rural and urban clinics.

Kariba-based journalist John Chirinda revealed that the majority of the injured were civil servants who had travelled to Kasvisva.

Kasvisva is a remote area located near Siakobvu where Munenga spent most of his time on national duty as a nurse. Wrote Chirinda:

Members of the ruling party and some civil servants were involved in the accident. The devil was waiting to inflict pain, horror and this unforgettable experience.

Munenga worked in most of the clinics in the Kariba district including Nyamhunga, Makande, Mola, Kasvisva, Siakobvu Hospital and was now at Msampakaruma Clinic before he passed on.

A good number of civil servants have shunned our rural Kariba for a better-developed place.

ZANU PF youths, Isaya Chikunichiwa Tsuro and Method Chikova were buried in Kariba last Friday.

Farisai Chingwaru was buried on Saturday in Hurungwe with Mashonaland West Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Mary Mliswa-Chikoka and Local Government and Public Works Deputy Minister Marian Chombo in attendance.

Munenga was laid to rest in his rural home in Hurungwe’s Chief Mola area.

More: NewsDay

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. 4 weeks ago

chinhu chaora ichi

4 weeks ago

Bonzo 4 weeks ago

Nyika yawora regai tinyarare kkk CCC👆👆👆👆chete chete pa2023

Gogodera 4 weeks ago


😣😣 4 weeks ago

ma demon eZanu

Mkanya 4 weeks ago

How many chiefs in kariba got those Isuzu twin cabs. Surely enough for ambulances. Wonzwa rimwe richiti edee pfee.


😖😖 4 weeks ago

NGORO Ambulance kkkkk haaaaa where are we going as Zimbabweans, where are we coming from. Vibes Kartel give us a comment. iwe Kartel ndiwe unoita basa rekuuraya vanhu chete iwee uchipihwa musombodhiya.

THE FIEND 4 weeks ago

Vybz Kartel only has one underwear and that phone he has was bought by funds we donated to pay his grade 2 child's school fees.

Zuze 1 month ago

Kuno kuDotito dhongi raidhonza amburenzi rakafa saka vanhu vaakutotakurwa pachitara sezvaiitwa zvitunha kare kare zvichiendeswa kumaRonda.
Zvakaoma hazvo.

citizen 1 month ago

so tqzvinzwa boys muvhunzo had you register to vote team if so thank yiu guys

Gwanda Patient 1 month ago

Even here in Gwanda Provincial Hospital you have to buy yourselves bandages and sewing needles just imagine

Jinn 1 month ago

Hapana hapana simpuru 🤷

The King of Serpents 1 month ago

May the deceased rest in peace and the injured have a speedy recovery. Pakaipa, this is the reason why I'll never ever travel during the holidays, the roads are just too busy and the transportation expensive.

The King of Serpents 4 weeks ago

@combi crew. I agree with you that accidents are unpredictable and can happen anytime but during the festive season, chances are higher of being involved in a road traffic accident than other seasons.

🤕🤕🤕🤕🤕🤕🤕🤕🤕🤕🤕 The hospital had no bandages and relatives had to buy fro 1 month ago

The hospital had no bandages and relatives had to buy from private pharmacies. Kariba Hospital has no X-ray machine and patients had to be ferried to Chinhoyi

combi crew 1 month ago

accidents are unpredictable ,
t happens any day any time
even if not a major holiday
motor inonginha

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