Zanu PF Bulawayo Provincial commissar Ruth Shelton died of kidney failure at Mpilo Central Hospital on Wednesday further exposing Zimbabwe dysfunctional health system.
The country is in dire need of kidney dialysis machines as the ones in most public hospitals have stopped working.
Zanu PF provincial spokesperson Archie Chiponda said the commitment and dedication of the late Shelton led to her being elected the party’s political commissar.
“We are saddened by the passing of Cde Shelton, an ever-smiling team who worked so hard to build the party.
“We worked with her when she was in the Youth League, and her elevation to Political Commissioner of Bulawayo province is a testament to the party’s confidence in her leadership, with her vitality and energy.
“She carried out many mobilization programs and her passing is a great loss to us as the Zanu-PF family,” said Chiponda.
While paying his condolences to the late Ruth Shelton’s family, anti-corruption journalist Hopewell Chin’ono unpacked the sorry state of the hospitals in Zimbabwe.
“My condolences to the family of ZANU PF’s youth leader, Ruth Shelton who died from kidney failure.
“Zimbabwe needs dialysis machines. At Chitungwiza Hospital dialysis has completely stopped.
“Machines are dying and not being replaced. There are no machine consumables too.
“If you had a kidney problem today and require dialysis, you are in trouble unless you are wealthy.
“In the private sector one cycle is around US$200, the average cycles needed are 3, that is US$600 a week.
“Patients with chronic kidney problems require dialysis for life, do the numbers.
“I am not a sell out, I just care about everyone’s health! People are dying from easily treatable conditions.
“The most tragic thing is that the money to fix hospitals is there, but it is being looted by ZANUPF elites and their surrogates,” said Hopewell Chin’ono.