Monday, 27 May 2013

Woman (29) tests HIV positive, commits suicide at hospital

AN HIV positive woman from Kezi in Matabeleland South province committed suicide at a local hospital where she was admitted, police have confirmed...

Matabeleland South police spokesman, Assistant Inspector Christopher Ngwenya, said 29 year-old Jennifer Ncube from Sun Yet Sen area had been admitted at Tshelanyemba Hospital after her condition deteriorated.

"We received a report about a woman Jennifer Ncube who went for HIV testing at Tshelanyemba Hospital and came out positive. She was instructed to report on a daily basis for counselling while taking drugs," said Assistant Inspector Christopher Ngwenya.

He said hospital authorities however admitted Ncube on May 14 after noticing that her condition had deteriorated. On May 18, a night duty nurse is said to have attended to her around 4am but she was then found to be missing during a patients' roll call about an hour later.

Her body was found hanging from a tree behind hospital the following day by a 15- year-old herdboy, Ngwenya said. Police said people should seek counselling from community leaders instead of taking their own lives when facing challenging life situations.

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