Prominent Bulawayo medical doctor and National University of Science and Technology (NUST) lecturer Muriel Fallala has died.
Dr Fallala was killed in a car crash on Wednesday while driving to the city’s centre to attend to a critical patient.
She lost control of her Mitsubishi SUV near the Ascot racecourse while driving along the 12th Avenue extension.
The vehicle veered off the road, overturned and hit a precast wall at Old Miltonians Club. The incident occurred around 3 PM.
Dr Fallala was alone in the car when the accident occurred. Her body was taken to a local mortuary by police.
Acting Bulawayo Chief Fire Officer Linos Phiri said Dr Fallala could have been speeding. He said:
We are told that she was rushing to the city centre to attend to a critical patient at Galen House.
She lost control of her vehicle and it rolled and hit a precast wall. She died on the spot.
Mpilo acting chief executive officer Professor Solwayo Ngwenya expressed shock over Dr Fallala’s untimely death. He said:
For me it’s a personal loss, I’ve known Dr Fallala for a long time. This afternoon at 1.30 PM we were together at the Royal Clinic.
She had come there to see a patient and we were talking medicine and all that little did I know that she was coming to say goodbye. I’m really devastated.
She is someone who had done so much for the community, for the people of Bulawayo and the people of Zimbabwe.
She worked tirelessly over the years to provide emergency services and deliver so many babies safely.
She was still young and strong, this is a sad day for me.
Dr Fallala was a Medical and Dental Council of Zimbabwe councillor and an administrator at Galen House.
She trained at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and Second Medical University in Moscow, Russia.
She was the past president of the College of Primary Care Physicians Zimbabwe and was a member of the World Organization of Family Doctors.