Patients kicked out of ICU to make way for Mugabe

Some critical ill patients at United Bulawayo Hospital in Bulawayo were on Thursday made to temporarily vacate the Intensive Care Unit following the reservation of part of the ICU to ailing President Robert Mugabe who officiated at a National University of Science and Technology graduation ceremony in the city.

Sources at the referral health centre told the Zimbabwean that two armed Zimbabwe Republic Police officers spent Wednesday night and the whole day on Thursday guarding one of the wards, which had been reserved for Mugabe, in case any of any emergency.

“Some patients in that unit were removed. The hospital authorities were forced to buy new linen and other equipment for the President’s special medical unit which was also manned by doctors,” said a source at the hospital who refused to be named for fear of victimisation.

Some of the hospital’s ambulances were also on standby the whole day on Thursday. Another junior doctor at the hospital said officers from the Central Intelligence Organisation in Bulawayo have been visiting the hospital since last week and inspecting the hospital’s health facilities.

“Since Monday this week a team of CIO operatives have been visiting the hospital coordinating security arrangements for the President’s ward. The officers have also been meeting with the hospital’s senior management. Critically ill patients spent the whole day cramped in some wards because of one man” said the junior doctor who also refused to be named. Mugabe, who travelled to Bulawayo with a chartered plane, capped 1 234 graduates at the institution’s 17th graduation ceremony before officially opening the university’s ceremonial hall.

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