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Sally Mugabe Hospital Doctors’ Surgery Negligence Leads To Woman’s Death

SALLY Mugabe Central Hospital in Harare has stirred the ire of a family whose relative died following a reported operation mishap at the institution.

The deceased, Tafadzwa Chasakara (41), died as a result of complications linked to the incident whereby a bandage was allegedly left in her stomach after doctors at the institution operated on her sometime last year.

Speaking to Heart and Soul TV (H&S TV) last week, Chasakara’s brother-in-law Nharo Hamadziripi expressed displeasure over their loss owing to negligence of health personnel at the hospital.

Hamadziripi said the woman was initially operated on at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital on January 27, after having an ectopic prǝgnancy.

“What I remember is from the day she was operated on, she would confide in me that she was not feeling too well,” Hamadziripi said.

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He also expressed concern over the hospital’s lack of transparency as they were not shown the removed bandage and were also kept in the dark about some matters affecting the deceased.

The family has since contacted the hospital over the matter, which promised to scrape off Chasakara’s bills.

“It is our plea as the bereaved that the hospital assists us with funeral expenses. When we approached hospital management, they said they can only clear the last operation bill,” he said.

Also speaking to H&S TV, Inos Tangawafunga, the deceased’s uncle and churchmate, said some doctors purportedly admitted the mistake and regretted it.

“We queried over the delay of action, but they did little until we lost her. We are going to leave the body at the hospital and await action by the hospital before we can take her,” he said.

Sally Mugabe Hospital authorities said they were not in a position to comment, but hinted that they were aware of the issue. The hospital has been under fire several times over matǝrnal health fatalities, a recent case being that of Valerie Chibaya, who suffered a miscarriagǝ because of negligence by health officials at the same hospital.

Chibaya won the case and Vice-President and Health minister Constantino Chiwenga was ordered to pay her $900 000 in damages.

— NewsDay

Sally Mugabe Hospital Doctors’ Surgery Negligence Leads To Woman’s Death

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