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    Sunday, 5 April 2020

    Police shuts down all Masvingo pharmacies

    Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga.
    Mirror Reporter
    Masvingo – Masvingo residents who fall ill after 1pm are getting stranded as Police has ordered that all pharmacies in the city operate for only  four hours; from 9am to 1pm every day.
    It is ironic that at a time when all hospitals and clinics are shut down that Police is worsening the health crisis in the country by forcing pharmacies to shut down.
    A pharmacist who spoke on condition of anonymity said there are people who are coming with serious medical conditions but are failing to get help once it is after 1 pm.
    He said that the situation in Masvingo is different from Harare where pharmacies are allowed to open until late.
    Efforts to get a comment from Officer Commanding Masvingo  Nyazema were fruitless as his phone continuously went on voice mail.
    The Provincial Medical Director, Amadeaus Shamhu did not pick his phone.
    A Rujeko woman who spoke to The Mirror said she had migrane headache at around 5pm yesterday but all pharmacies were closed.
    “The headache became terrible towards midnight last night and I had to post a message on various WhatsApp groups asking for anyone who could help with pain killers. I thought I was dying. Am fortunate that someone in of the groups picked and offered to help,  I had to go and collect the tablets from his home.
    “Pharmacies should not be closed. They are an emergency,” said the woman who is a teacher at a local school.

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