By Owen Mandovha
ACTING President, General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga has mourned the passing on of Dr Tapiwanashe Bwakura, saying the gap he has left in the country’s health sector will be difficult to fill.
Dr Bwakura succumbed to cancer in South Africa on Sunday.
Acting President Chiwenga has described the untimely passing on of revered specialist physician, Dr Tapiwanashe Bwakura as a big loss to the local medical fraternity.
Dr Chiwenga, who visited the late Dr Bwakura’s residence in Vainona, Harare, this Friday, praised the late doctor for contributing immensely to the development of the country’s national healthcare system.
“It is indeed difficult for everyone here to fathom that Dr Tapiwanashe Bwakura is no longer with us as the man was at his prime age and still had a lot to offer to this country. As the Minister of Health and Child Care , I can tell you that we have lost a gallant physician who worked at almost all Government departments including being part of several medical councils. He was schooled in Germany and in 1988 he decided to come back home to work for the Government which shows how committed he was as a young person at the time,” lamented the Acting President.
The Acting President took the opportunity to encourage Zimbabweans to get screened for various forms of cancer to prolong life.
“It is unfortunate that when I met Dr Bwakura he was not aware that he had cancer up until it was diagnosed. I do urge whoever is listening today that it is of paramount importance to always get screened to detect any form of cancer at its early stage so that it can become easy to overcome it. Cancer is a deadly disease which is difficult to detect and as a country we should always consistently raise awareness of the disease,” said the Acting President.
Dr Bwakura was also known as a passionate educator who taught many junior doctors and medical students with a high degree of enthusiasm and passion.
He established the Opportunistic Infections Department at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital where at one time he was its Chief Executive Officer in an acting capacity.
Born on the 5th of July in 1960 in Buhera, Dr Bwakura started his education at Mombeyara Primary School before proceeding to Hartzel Secondary School until 1978 when he completed his Advanced Level studies.
He went to Germany to study medicine and came back to do his housemanship at Parirenyatwa Hospital where he started his medical practise.
He is survived by his wife Ethel and three sons Anesu, Mudiwa and Tapiwanashe Farirai.
He will be buried on Saturday.