Currency Crisis

The latest reports from the ZANE carers in Zimbabwe highlight again how difficult the current situation is with intense heat and drought together with the escalating currency crisis as the Zimbabwe dollar yet again plunges in value against the US dollar which makes food and medicine more and more difficult to procure.

The heat over the past few weeks has been unrelenting and the pensioners have felt drained as a result. There have been a few rainstorms but not enough to replenish the underground water reserves or save the crops. We all need to brace ourselves for tough times ahead.

Annie B. is struggling with the interminable heat which is making her feel unwell, lethargic, and irritable. She has fallen out of bed 4 times and hurt her knee. This, together with the heat is causing her sleepless nights. She has just never fully recovered after her stint in hospital in December. Despite this she managed a welcoming smile when I called in to see her last week.

One of our newer patients, Dan R. had a bad turn and was hospitalised at the Parirenyatwa hospital. The conditions in the general ward were dire and the staff shortages were very evident. However, he was thankfully moved to HDU which is a vast improvement. He has been in hospital for almost 3 weeks and finally, his lung is being drained. The improvement in his health is noticeable and he is anxious to be discharged back to his care home which he has come to accept as his emphysema gradually gets worse.

Sadly, Jenny W, who had been battling breast cancer passed away peacefully in her sleep. She was receiving palliative care from Island Hospice who were also counselling both her and her son, Gary. What an intrepid woman she was – well-read, with a keen sense of humour, an interesting and varied, but tragic life and someone who will be sorely missed. We had built up a special relationship and so enjoyed each other’s company. The counsellor has continued to visit Gary which has been a great comfort to him.

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