Mt Darwin hospital is in the centre of a storm after one of its patients was kidnapped and was only discovered after a week. When she was discovered by the roadside she was unconscious and had been sexually abused.
The patient, Wendy Chinomungu (25), later died after being admitted at Parirenyatwa hospital and subsequent post-mortem results showed that she had been sexually assaulted.
The deceased’s relatives are accusing hospital authorities of negligence.
Wendy’s twin brother, Webster Chinomungu narrated their ordeal and accused a matron at the hospital of masquerading as a doctor.
“My sister wasn’t feeling well for a while and she had been staying with our uncle in Mount Darwin. On the 30th of September, we took her to Mount Darwin hospital where we were received by a hospital staff who identified himself as Doctor Makamba,” he said.
“The ‘doctor’ insisted that we should leave our patient at the hospital because it had enough capacity to take care of all patients since they had a social welfare department and specially trained personnel to attend to patients.”
He further asserted that the ‘doctor’ told them to call after four days which they did and were told that their relative was recovering well, but they were not yet allowed to visit.
“On the 15th of October my uncle insisted they wanted to visit their relative to which the alleged doctor agreed, but they could not go on the same day due to financial challenges, so they later travelled on the 22nd of October. Upon arrival at the hospital the doctor said he was not at the hospital, but told them to go see one sister Karasa,” he added.
The development was confirmed by Mashonaland Central Police Spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Fidelis Dhewu who said:
On the 22nd of October, Wendy Chinomungu (25) of Mudimu village under Chief Dotito in Mount Darwin sneaked out of the hospital where she was admitted.
Facts on the ground suggest that the same person was found between Concession and Glendale on the roadside while unconscious.
Police in Concession took her to a nearby hospital, but she was referred to Parirenyatwa hospital where she later died and a post-mortem report pointed to suspected sexual abuse.
Meanwhile, Mount Darwin hospital matron, Forbes Makamba blames the whole mess on poor communication.
He also confirmed that the hospital did not file a missing person’s report on time.
“Yes, we had a patient who was admitted at this institution with severe depression. When she was admitted there was poor communication between the hospital and the patient’s relatives. The hospital has a policy of not allowing people to stay at the hospital as a measure to contain Covid-19, but we only allow one to two visitors once a day,” he said.
Makamba also confirmed that the hospital did not file a missing person’s report on time.
He added that the hospital does not have proper security apart from security guards at the gate and the deceased could have sneaked out.