chiwenga donation.jpgCases of rare diseases that require large sums of money for surgeries are on the increase yet the country still has not devised a policy to cater for the affected.

 

When the Maphosa family was blessed with a baby girl on the 8th of June this year, little did they know that the little mole on the back of the baby’s head would grow into a large tumor, which has left many doctors clueless.

 

The little girl called Vimbainashe, who is just above 5 months old, has been in and out of hospital, and countless tests have been conducted including scans but still, the doctors have not been able to diagnose the problem and treat it.  

 

After authorities at Parirenyatwa Hospital, where the baby girl was being treated since birth, have said they do not have the necessary equipment to operate her, Vimbainashe’s parents, Ernest Maphosa and Lydia Damba said US$5 000 is now required for their child to undergo surgery at a private hospital in Harare.

 

“The child was being treated at Parirenyatwa since she was born, but nothing has changed since then and the situation is getting worse by each day,” said Damba.

 

After seeing the picture of little Vimbainashe in a local daily newspaper, indigenous businesswoman, Cde Jocelyn Chiwenga who is wife to Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander, Cde Constantine Chiwenga decided to pay the US$5 000 required for the surgery.

 

vimbainashe.jpgHanding over the money to Vimbainashe’s parents, Mrs Chiwenga said there is need to review health policies so that rare diseases are given due attention and treatment at public health institutions. 
 
“This US$5000 is for Vimbainashe’s surgery but since more money will be needed, I appeal to the people of Zimbabwe to put their heads together and assist the child,” said Mrs Chiwenga.

 

Cancerous growths have affected many infants and young people in Zimbabwe with some of them only able to access treatment from outside the country.

 

The plight of the Maphosa family was brought to the media’s attention by a local non-governmental organisation networking and support for HIV and AIDS.