Bulawayo’s medical Dr Nhlanhla Mgodla has died.

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ONE of Bulawayo’s top medical doctors, Dr Nhlanhla Mgodla has died.
 
Dr Mgodla died on Sunday morning at Mater Dei Hospital after a short illness.
 
He will be buried at Lady Stanley Cemetery in Bulawayo on Sunday.
 
A service will be held at Selbourne Park Seventh Day Adventist church just before his burial at 730AM.
 
His daughter Miss Lindelwe Mgodla expressed sadness at her father’s death.
 
She said he was a supportive father who stopped at nothing to see his children achieve their dreams.
 
She said Dr Mgodla’s death was not only felt by his family but also many Bulawayo residents whose lives he touched in a career spanning over 30 years.
 
“Although he has left a gap in the family, he has left an even bigger gap in the Bulawayo community because many people relied on his medical expertise,” she said.
 
Miss Mgodla said her father started his career in 1982 at Mpilo Central Hospital after attaining his medical degree from Russia in 1981.
 
“He worked as a junior medical doctor from 1982 at Mpilo Hospital before being transferred to Chinhoyi General Hospital. After serving at the hospital he was promoted [and deployed] to Filabusi in Matabeleland South where he served as the District Medical Officer,” said Miss Mgodla.
 
She said in the late 1980s, Dr Mgodla trained as an ear, nose and throat surgeon at the United Bulawayo Hospitals after which he worked as a private medical practitioner.
 
“He began his private practice in 1989. During his tenure he specialised in maternity cases, family planning services at the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council in Gwanda. He was also an on-call doctor for minor surgeries at the Bulawayo Lancet Theatre,” she said.
 
Miss Mgodla said her father operated as a doctor for several companies and parastatals that include Zimpost and TelOne, Nissan Clover, How Mine, and Casmyn Mine.
 
A Bulawayo doctor Dr Muriel Falala described the late doctor as a soft spoken and kind man who dedicated his life to saving lives.
 
She said Dr Mgodla specialised in maternal services and delivered many babies.
 
He is survived by a wife and four children.
 
Mourners are gathered at Number 37 Muchbinding Road, Worringham. By Nqobile Tshili source-chronicle

Zimbabwean woman , the daughter (24) of late Bulawayo businessman Nxumalo a.k.a ‘captain’ dies after throwing self infront of train in Germany

A Zimbabwean woman allegedly committed suicide by throwing herself in front of a moving train in Germany after she discovered that she was pregnant.

Lynnette Nxumalo (24) was daughter to the late Bulawayo businessman Edwin Nkululeko Nxumalo, who was popularly known as “Captain” in the city.

Nxumalo succumbed to kidney failure in May last year.

Sources close to the family told The Chronicle that the train chopped Lynnette’s body to pieces on Friday.

She reportedly left a suicide note apologising to her family. “I’m sorry guys this will hurt you but I’m pregnant and at work they were not going to accept me. This is the only way. Sorry to you guys,” reads the suicide note.

When The Chronicle visited her home in Paddonhurst yesterday, where mourners are gathered, family members declined to comment on Lynette’s death, saying they were still waiting for investigations to be concluded in Germany.

“Unfortunately we don’t have any information. Police in Germany are still investigating. We’re yet to know what exactly transpired,” said a relative who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The late Nxumalo owned a car showroom and ran a restaurant in Paddonhurst suburb.

By Pamela Shumba. source-chronicle

VP PHELEKEZELA MPHOKO, has called for corrupt officials at Mpilo, Ingutsheni Mental and United Bulawayo Hospitals to be fired,

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VP PHELEKEZELA MPHOKO, has called for corrupt officials at Mpilo, Ingutsheni Mental and United Bulawayo Hospitals to be fired, adding that several officials have conflict of interests through running similar businesses to their employer,…more news to follow. Most interesting coming from a man who spent a year living a luxurious hotel life at Harare’s Rainbow Towers Hotel at tax payers cost! What a two faced move! By Sibusiso Ngwenya.

United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) has suspended elective surgery due to a countrywide shortage of pethidine,

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THE United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) has suspended elective surgery due to a countrywide shortage of pethidine, a potent painkiller used during and after an operation.

The hospital has with immediate effect, started attending to emergency surgical procedures only.

Elective surgery is when a patient chooses to be operated on in a matter that is not life threatening to avoid pain or possible complications in future.

In a circular signed by UBH Clinical Director Dr Narcisius Dzvanga, the institution said it was facing challenges in obtaining Pethidine.

“Please be advised that the hospitals are facing challenges in obtaining pethidine. This is a shortage in the country and not just at United Bulawayo Hospitals. As such, all elective surgical operations are suspended with effect from October 14 until further notice,” read the statement.

UBH Chief Executive Officer Ms Nonhlanhla Ndlovu said operations at the institution had been virtually paralysed.

“This cripples our performance, making it very difficult to do procedures in theatre because after performing any surgical operation, a patient requires a supply of the drug to decrease pain.

“On that note, operations on elective cases were suspended with effect from yesterday until further notice.

“The little supplies we remain with will only be reserved for emergency cases. Where there is room for choice, only those patients on emergency will be operated on,” she said.

UBH is one of the country’s largest referral public hospitals and together with Mpilo Central Hospital, caters for people in the country’s southern region.

The southern region comprises Bulawayo, Midlands, Masvingo, Matabeleland North and South provinces.

Last month, Harare Central Hospital (HCC) suspended all surgical operations due to an acute drug shortage.

The situation was said to be so dire that only a few critical departments such as maternity, CEPOD emergencies and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) remained operational while the rest of the patients had to consult private hospitals.

According to a memorandum from the anaesthetics departmental head, a Dr HN Chifamba, dated September 16, 2016, HCC had run dry of the critical drugs required for elective surgeries among them morphine, pethidine, antibiotics as well as the widely available bicarbonate soda.

The letter was addressed to all the hospital’s consultants and copied to the clinical director, the chief executive officer, principal nursing officer, theatre matron and board chairperson a Dr Ndowa.

“Due to the critical shortages of pethidine, injectable morphine, fentanyl, adrenaline, sizes 3.0, 3.5, 4.5, 6.5, 7.0, 7.5 ETT, metoclopramide, sodium bicarbonate and antibiotics, it was decided after consultation with the Clinical Director, Heads of Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Consultant Anaesthetics that we suspend all elective surgeries for the time being,” Dr Chifamba wrote. — Whinsley Masara, Chronicl

CONCEALED PREGNANCY -GRADE Seven pupil goes into labour, rushed to give hospital birth and complete exam on hospital bed

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A GRADE Seven pupil at Murongwe Primary School in Mberengwa East experienced labour pains in the middle of her Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) national examination on Monday and was rushed home where she gave birth.
 
The incident occurred when pupils were sitting for an English Paper 2 exam.
 
The girl whose name has been withheld to protect her since she is a minor was rushed home before she was ferried to Murongwe Clinic nearby.
 
The minor, whose age could not be established immediately, was allowed to continue writing the exam from the clinic with two invigilators supervising her.
 
The girl, who lives in Mhepo Village under Chief Mataruse in Mberengwa East, gave birth minutes after shocking unsuspecting classmates and teachers at her school when she suddenly went into labour.
 
Midlands Provincial Education Director, Mrs Agnes Gudo, confirmed the dramatic incident.
 
She however could not shed more light on the matter, saying she was still waiting for a formal report from the responsible district.
 
“I’m aware of the incident but I’ve sketchy details because I’m yet to get finer details from the responsible district. I will be able to furnish you with more information once I receive a full report,” she said.
 
A relative to the minor who spoke to The Chronicle on condition of anonymity said the girl who had concealed the pregnancy started experiencing labour pains while writing the examination before giving birth at a nearby clinic.
 
The relative said the minor concluded her examinations from the hospital bed yesterday under the watch of the two female teachers.
 
“She was rushed to Murongwe Clinic but she had already given birth. She was first taken home where she delivered before being taken to hospital.
 
“She had to finish her examination on her hospital bed,” said the relative.
 
He said it was agreed that she would finish other examination papers from her hospital bed since she was not fit to return to class since she had started breastfeeding.
 
Mberengwa East MP Cde Makhosini Hlongwane bemoaned early indulgence in sexual activities by juveniles and school-going children.
 
He said early indulgence in sexual activities had resulted in unwanted pregnancies which he said have negative ramifications on their education.
 
“It’s an unfortunate situation that a Grade Seven pupil was impregnated and gave birth while writing national examinations.
 
“Government policy is to encourage the girl child to complete education and desist from indulging in sexual activities at an early age,” he said.
 
“This has ramifications on their education trajectory. If we look deeper the child could have been sexually abused by an adult which in itself becomes a rape case.”
 
A relative to the minor who spoke to The Chronicle on condition of anonymity said the girl who had concealed the pregnancy started experiencing labour pains while writing the examination before giving birth at a nearby clinic.
 
The relative said the minor concluded her examinations from the hospital bed yesterday under the watch of the two female teachers.
 
“She was rushed to Murongwe Clinic but she had already given birth. She was first taken home where she delivered before being taken to hospital.
 
“She had to finish her examination on her hospital bed,” said the relative.
 
He said it was agreed that she would finish other examination papers from her hospital bed since she was not fit to return to class since she had started breastfeeding.
 
Mberengwa East MP Cde Makhosini Hlongwane bemoaned early indulgence in sexual activities by juveniles and school-going children.
 
He said early indulgence in sexual activities had resulted in unwanted pregnancies which he said have negative ramifications on their education.
 
“It’s an unfortunate situation that a Grade Seven pupil was impregnated and gave birth while writing national examinations.
 
“Government policy is to encourage the girl child to complete education and desist from indulging in sexual activities at an early age,” he said.
 
“This has ramifications on their education trajectory. If we look deeper the child could have been sexually abused by an adult which in itself becomes a rape case.” Patrick Chitumba/Munyaradzi Musiiwa,-source-chronicle

BULAWAYO WATER supply dams face decommisioning and a the city will endure punishing 24 to potential 72 hour water shedding schedules

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Zimbabwe’s second largest city, ‘Bulawayo’ is facing a major water crisis as supplies are fast running dry.
The city’s water supply is drawn from six dams, which are Upper and Lower Ncema, Inyankuni, Umzingwane, Mtshabezi, and Insiza however the levels have dropped below 30% dam cumulative capacity, raising warning flags to the city fathers.
 
The city now stands at just three weeks left before a punishing 24-hour water shedding schedule, is implemented however Bulawayo council has issued a warning, that they may actually implement a 48-hour water shedding schedule if Bulawayo residents fail to conserve the limited water supplies and could even be stretched to 72 hours at a time if the situation deteriorates further .
 
Previously, in 2013, Bulawayo residents would face punishing four day stretches at a time without each week
 
It is only on Sundays that Residents will be exempt from water shedding while Bulawayo central business district will not have water will be fully exempt from the water shedding daily.
 
So far, due to the water crisis, one of the supply dams, Upper Ncema has already been decommissioned while as second dam, Umzingwane is targeted to be decommissioned within two months time. By Sibusiso Ngwenya

Sakhisizwe Development Trust (SDA) develop Plumtree through building Temateme Clinic in Bulilima East District

Social media gets Plumtree Rolling as Sakhisizwe Development Association lays down Temateme Clinic.

Sakhisizwe Development Trust (SDA) has joined hands in developing Plumtree through building a community initiated clinic in Ward 23 in Bulilima East District. The initiative comes in the wake of vast community initiated projects that are dotted across many communities of the border town having sprouted following the town’s adoption of social media especially WhatsApp and using it as an information sharing platform in the absence of media coverage.

Sakhisizwe Development Association (SDA) is a community based non-profit making organisation (CBO) which was formed in May 2015 at the Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg, South Africa by diaspora members from Ward 23 of Plumtree’s Bulilima West District. Like Plumtree Development Trust (PDT) and other community based organisations in Zimbabwe’s Kalanga heartland, SDA has harnessed WhatsApp to use it to discuss community development instead of the app’s traditional role of reaching to family and friends. SDA currently has huge membership both in the diaspora and back home in Zimbabwe, Ward 23.

In an interview on WhatsApp, chairperson for SDA Getmore Moyo told Plumtree Development Trust that lack of meaningful development many years after the country got its independence in 1980 led him and his colleagues in the Diaspora to form the association which subsequently initiated the construction of a community initiated clinic.

“Prior to forming this humble association we met on several occasions trying to identify one project that could identify with the needs of our people as we had no road, no reliable water source, no secondary school and no healthy facility. We finally came up with the clinic which, in our view had the potential to bring more meaningful infrastructural push in the form of a reliable transport network and possibly a clinic to mention but a few”.

Ward 23 is one of the remotest areas in Plumtree’s Bulilima East District. With poor roads and therefore no bus, villagers from the ward are forced to walk long distances towards the nearest clinic, Madlambudzi Rural Health Centre which is 24 km away in another ward. Most expecting mothers in the area either give birth at home or pay large sums of money to be taken to Plumtree District Hospital which is also 80km away.

Moyo further said that as Diaspora members of the association they came up with ways to mobilise funds for the construction of the clinic.

“We hold meetings in Johannesburg every second Sunday of the month where we contribute the agreed minimum of R50 per person which all channelled towards the construction of our clinic back home. We opened an account solely for this purpose and we have three signatories who are answerable to the committee and the whole Sakhisizwe family.”

According to Moyo, the diaspora community is an intergral part of Ward 23 which also feels the pain that their parents back home go through in trying to access the vital services that have become more of a luxury than a necessity.

“In December 2015 we sent home R10 000 to pay our builders. At the beginning of June 2016, we sent one community member home with another R10 000 which managed to buy 55 bags of cement for the project,” Moyo said.

At the moment, the clinic which shall be called Temateme Clinic is at slab level as funds are not permitting the villagers to speed up their project.

Moyo said even though progress seems to be slow for now, they will not give up on their dear project.

“We are appealing for help from well-wishers and donors in order to complete this very relevant project which is meant to bring about relief to our almost forgotten community,” stated Moyo.

Since their adoption of social media especially WhatsApp for communication for development, communities across Plumtree have mobilised each other to establish many community initiated development projects like the Macingwana Clinic, Marula Feedlots and Secondary School among others. The most dramatic achievement however was the commissioning of a clinic in Tokwana Village by the Minister of Health and Child Welfare barely a few days after President Mugabe had levelled insults against members of the Kalanga tribe based in South Africa when early last year (2015) he called them thieves.

The active involvement of the diaspora members of Plumtree in developing their communities, especially those based in South Africa is also another move that clearly nullifies President Mugabe’s insults that he levelled against members of the Kalanga tribe based in South Africa when early last year (2015) he called them thieves.By Plumtree, Development Trust-.

Karoi man (85) arrested for burning cheating wife (75) and niece (7) to death.

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A 75-year-old Karoi woman – Rugare Kashamise was burnt to death by her husband after she was caught red-handed with her lover who is their neighbour.

It is alleged that Kashamise had a long standing affair with her nieghbour – Geshom Phiri who is a widower.

She died with her seven year old niece while Phiri managed to escape unharmed.Kashamise’s sister, Mary said she tried to warn her about the affair but she continued seeing Phiri.

“At some point we had a family meeting as their relationship was getting out of hand but that too did not help” said Mary.

Kashamise’s husband – Alfred Samalani aged 85 was arrested for murder. Source – Byo24News

TYPHOID cases in Rutendo high-density suburb, Kwekwe, signal looming health crisis

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REDCLIFF residents are sitting on a ticking health time bomb amid reports of two confirmed typhoid cases this week.
Mayor Freddy Kapuya confirmed the typhoid reports recorded in Rutendo high-density suburb, which he attributed to the acute shortage of water being experienced in the Midlands town.

“We have serious problems with water supply owing to the debts on water, which Redcliff owes to Kwekwe City Council because our residents are failing to service their bills.

“In the past week, we recorded two cases of typhoid owing to the water challenge, but the situation has since normalised and the cases were treated,” Kapuya said, adding the closure of many companies, including Ziscosteel, had whittled down council’s revenue base.

The heavily-indebted Redcliff Municipality receives its water supplies from Kwekwe City Council but has been failing to pay for the service

Kwekwe mayor Matenda Madzoke yesterday vowed to tighten screws on Redcliff.

“We can’t keep supplying them with water that they can’t pay for. We need money to buy water treatment chemicals, pay the electricity bill and other things so that they get the water supplies, so if they can’t pay, we can’t keep supplying them water for free,” said. By Blessed Mhlanga. source-newsday

Lower Gweru man (34) strangled his mother before fatally axing two neighbours in grisly murders

 

 

 

A 34-YEAR-OLD mentally challenged man from Lower Gweru allegedly strangled his mother with his bare hands before fatally axing two neighbours in grisly murders which have shocked villagers.

Villagers teamed up to subdue Macala Tavengwa Chituso after the gruesome killings on Wednesday at around 2PM.

Macala of Mafusini village, Headman Nyama, Chief Sogwala, Lower Gweru — who is now in police custody — had made a hit list of six people he wanted to kill, according to villagers.

He had managed to kill his mother Julia Chituso (74), Emily Moyo (72) and Nancy Moyo (54) who are sisters, at the time of his arrest.

A sombre atmosphere engulfed Mafusini village when The Chronicle visited the area yesterday.

Villagers had divided themselves into two groups to console grieving families at the funeral wakes.
Mr Collen Moyo, a villager and brother-in-law to Nancy and Emily, said Macala — who has a previous conviction of malicious damage to property after axing three beasts belonging to a villager — was a troubled soul who should have been admitted to a mental institution.

“He met Nancy and struck her on the centre of the head with an axe before striking Emily just above the right ear. Both died on the spot,” said Mr Moyo.

“He then went after a herdboy brandishing the bloodied axe. He was shouting that he had killed three people including his mother and wanted to kill three more.”

Mr Moyo said Macala told villagers he killed his mother because she refused to give him food.

“He said he killed the others over personal issues,” he added.

Mr Khemesi Tshuma, the village head, said they were in mourning and everyone was shocked by the grisly murders.

He said Nancy’s brains were splattered on the ground while Emily’s face was almost divided into two parts.

“I’ll never forget the hair-raising sight of the bodies for as long as I live,” Mr Khemesi said.

Macala’s uncle, Mr Ignatious Chituso, said the family had taken him to traditional healers and the hospital for his mental condition, to no avail.

He said they even engaged the police about Macala’s violent tendencies before the court gave him community service.

“The community didn’t want him. He kept weapons and was violent. It’s a pity innocent lives have been lost,” Mr Chituso said.

He said the community was worried that Macala would be given bail and come back to kill the other three villagers he had targeted.

A police report read: “The bodies of the three deceased persons were conveyed to Gweru Provincial Hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.

Investigations into the matter are in progress.”

Midlands provincial police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko said police were investigating the incident.

On July 5, Gweru Magistrate Ms Florence Nago convicted Macala of malicious damage to property and sentenced him to eight months in prison for axing three head of cattle belonging to a villager

Two months were suspended on condition of good behaviour while a further five months were suspended on condition he performed 175 hours of community service.

His uncle said Macala only performed 16 hours at a local clinic before refusing to complete the sentence.

Last month, a mental patient in Tsholotsho allegedly butchered a six-year-old Grade One pupil before ripping his stomach with a knife. He then guarded the corpse.

The killings come at a time when the biggest mental hospital in Matabeleland, Ingutsheni Central Hospital in Bulawayo, is facing a critical shortage of medicines for both its in and outpatients.

Three nurses have been attacked by patients this year as patients go without sedatives.

Officials at Ingutsheni Central Hospital say the drug shortage has resulted in unsustainable cases of outpatients relapsing and needing re-admission to the crowded institution. —By Patrick Chitumba. source-chronicle

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