Mugabe’s Health– For the second time in 2 months President Mugabe who turned 93 in February has returned to Singapore for his medical check up.
Spokesperson George Charamba allayed speculations over the President’s state of health. He said Mugabe’s medical trip was for a good reason.
In an interview with a local Radio Station, Capi Talk, Mugabe had to travel out for his treatment on doctor’s orders.
“It was not his decision, it was the decision of opticians who suggested that with the state of his age, with the state of the problem he was having visually, it was important that he gets advanced attention which is obtainable in Singapore,”
“There is nowhere in the world where a head of state or any other citizen does not go elsewhere for specialized treatment.”
Charamba also explained why the President appears as though he was sleeping in recent official meetings and conferences.
He debunked countless reports that “the president [was] sleeping in conferences”. He explained that as a nonagenarian, the president’s eyes are sensitive to bright lights.
“I feel like a failure when there is this reading that the president is sleeping in conferences – no,”
“At 93, there is something that happens to the eyes and the president cannot suffer bright lights. If you look at his poise, he looks down, avoids direct lighting.”
Backing up his ‘bright light sensitivity’ claims, the spokesperson likened Mugabe’s eye condition to Nelson Mandela’s. He claims that the South African hero developed a sensitivity to flash photography after serving time in Robben Island. Madiba worked in a limestone quarry.
Over and over, Zimbabweans have blasted the president’s consistent medical trip to Singapore. They are sad that while the average citizen have no access to quality health care, the president enjoys such privilege.
Majority of the people believe Mugabe’s health has contributed to the poor economic state of Zimbabwe.
In response to the criticisms, Charamba was quick to defend the president’s trip saying it was prescribed by the president’s doctor.
According to him Mugabe only travels out of the country for his eye treatments only. For any other health matter, Mugabe has an unnamed efficient and “very, very, very black physician” to attend to him.
“He is very Zimbabwean,”
Recall that the president had made an ironic statement before his trip. The elderly president claimed that after South Africa, Zimbabwe was the best developed African country.
Charamba re-echoed the same notion, saying that Zimbabwe can boast of “excellent medical services”.
“We have a number of specialized doctors, who are manning our institutions,”
“This claim won’t go down well with everyone, given the dilapidated state and high prices of some medical facilities.”
“BUT it is true that by mid-November last year, 23 people had undergone open-heart surgeries at the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare. Previously, Zimbabwe hadn’t offered this kind of procedure since 2003.”
Whatever be the case, Zimbabweans find Mugabe’s health and his trip to Singapore disturbing.