A NURSE reportedly raped a patient in a cubicle and escaped after a fellow worker tipped the police.
Taurai Mazarura, 32, is said to have walked into Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals Ward A1 where the 17-year-old patient was admitted and closed cubicles curtains, before raping her.
Another nurse on duty walked into Taurai while he was having s*x with the patient before he (Taurai) jumped off the patient and ran away.
On his return, sources say, he saw the police and internal security conducting investigations and made his escape.
The hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Zigora, confirmed the unfortunate incident to H-Metro saying the matter was now being handled by the police after it was reported immediately.
“A report has been received of a male nurse who is alleged to have raped a female patient in the early hours of February 19 in a cubicle in Ward A1. The matter was immediately reported to the police who are in the process of conducting investigations,” he said.
The victim is a street kid who had been admitted after she was hit by a car and sustained injuries.
She was receiving appropriate medical care and counselling after the incident.
The ward had three other patients admitted and another nurse on duty is said to have caught Taurai red handed after she opened the cubicle to check if all was well.
A nurse who spoke on condition of anonymity said Taurai had been recently recruited by the hospital after being jobless for close to two years.
Taurai, who resides in Mufakose, is said to have trained for General Nursing at Harare Central Hospital before his appointment at Parirenyatwa on November 9 last year.
The nurse added that they suspected Taurai was a drug addict who constantly abused medicines in the hospital.
“He has been at the hospital for less than four months after he completed training sometime back meaning he had been jobless for more than two years.
“Word has it that he constantly injected himself with drugs, I understand he was now an addict,” said the source.
The hospital’s CEO, Zigora said that the hospital was also carrying out its own internal investigations to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident, with a view to avoid possible recurrence of similar incidences.
“The hospital will take stern disciplinary action on the nurse and in the meantime the patient is receiving appropriate medical care and counselling.
“A comprehensive statement will be issued once investigations have been completed. The behaviour by the nurse is highly reprehensible and is not something expected from a health professional.”