One small tragedy in the midst of so many
On January 18 this year Primrose Marufu began experiencing labour pains, two months earlier than expected. Her husband Nathaniel rushed her to Glen View Polyclinic in Harare. But they were turned away. Glen View had been without electricity for three weeks at that time. They were refered instead to Harare Central Hospital.
Primrose was admitted at Central Hospital, and her little boy was born just a few minutes later. As is normal practice for such a premature birth, the child was placed in an incubator, where it was expected to remain for four weeks.
Three days later they came to tell Primrose that her son was dead. Stunned, stricken with grief, she and Nathaniel demanded to know why. The answer horrified them.