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Mugabe Visits Separated Twins, Praises Health Workers

Dr. Bothwell Mbuvayesango

President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday visited twins at Harare Hospital, who were recently separated by a 50-member team of Zimbabwean doctors and nurses.

Mr. Mugabe went to the hospital to congratulate the medical team, for successfully separating the twins, who were conjoined at the chest and stomach and shared a liver, in a delicate 8 hour operation last week Tuesday.

Tapiwanashe Chitiyo after surgery
Tapiwanashe Chitiyo after surgery

Mr. Mugabe praised the team of doctors saying “bad things have been said about the country all in the name of tarnishing the image of Zimbabwe and the surgery carried out here with limited resources, just goes to show that God the almighty intervened.”

Mr. Mugabe, whose cash-strapped government has not prioritized health delivery, assured the doctors that he will equip hospitals with state of the art equipment.

Kupawawashe Chitiyo after surgery
Kupawawashe Chitiyo after surgery

President Mugabe also invited the surgical team to State House.

The Chitiyo twins, Kupakashe and Tapiwanashe, were born April 22 to Agnes and Moses Chitiyo, in Murehwa, Mashonaland East province.

The head of the surgical team Dr. Bothwell Mbuvayesango said he was thrilled to thrilled to meet Mr. Mugabe.

Agnes Mongoro-Chitiyo - mother of conjoined twins Kupakashe and Tapiwanashe
Agnes Mongoro-Chitiyo - mother of conjoined twins Kupakashe and Tapiwanashe