Gutu – The Mirror through Mirror Helpline has raised US$550 required for a Gutu woman with a fractured leg to undergo a second operation at Mutare Provincial Hospital but the dilemma is she will have to wait until March next year to get the operation done because of a critical shortage of doctors and a long waiting list of patients requiring similar service.
Rhoda Chishava (51) has since bought all necessities for the operation at a cost of US$325 but after buying them she was told at Mutare Provincial Hospital to wait until March 2021 because of the long backlog.
Mirror consultant Matthew Takaona who is facilitating for the operation said he found the medical staff in Manicaland extremely helpful and concerned.
“I talked to the acting Provincial Medical Director (PMD), Dr Mukuzunga who was very helpful. He directed me to officials at Mutare General Hospital, Ms Masanga and Mutasa who did all they could and arranged for the March date,” said Takaona
There are fears however, that delays in the operation may result in the amputation of the leg. The alternative for Chishava is to go to a private hospital but the cost of the operation is a whooping US$2 000.
Chishava broke her leg in May 2020 and it was put in a plaster at Murambinda District Hospital. On review in July, it was recommended that she go for an operation at Mutare Provincial Hospital but she failed to raise money for the operation let alone bus fare for the trip because of the dire economic situation in the country.
She has returned home in Nyazvidzi, Gutu to wait for the March date.