The family of Zororo Makamba, who died from the health complications of Coronavirus this week, has said that the government tried to make them pay for medical equipment worth US $120,000 in a bid to save their son from the disease.
Family spokesperson, Tawanda Makamba, said in a Daily News interview that the government didn’t have any ventilators at its main Coronavirus isolation and treatment center, Wilkins Hospital.
According to him, the Minister of Health and Child Care, Obadiah Moyo, initiated an attempt to get the family to buy an ICU facility at the Hospital. He said in the interview:
He promised us all sorts of things that this morning (yesterday) they would definitely be a ventilator and equipment but nothing materialised. If you go inside there you will see that they are not prepared to handle cases this side.
The minister at some point also suggested that we could take him to a trauma centre in Borrowdale. When it was now time for us to go to Borrowdale trauma they refused us to go there. Instead, they got the owner of Borrowdale Trauma Centre to call me and he told me that he could come and set up an ICU at Wilkins for Zororo complete with a ventilator and monitors, but he said that we had to pay US$120 000 for the equipment.
He added that once Zororo finishes using the equipment and recovers we had to donate the equipment to Wilkins Hospital. So basically the hospital wanted us to buy the equipment for them. We don’t have US$120 000 and it is not our responsibility to buy equipment for the government.
The government of Zimbabwe has not commented on the claims by the family. Zororo Makamba is the first known person to die from Cornavirus in Zimbabwe.
You can read the full text of the Makamba family’s narration of the events leading to the death of Zororo Makamba.