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Zimbabwe hospital runs out of space

Harare Central Hospital is forced to turn away seriously ill patients due to overcrowding.

Harare Central Hospital is forced to turn away seriously ill patients due to overcrowding. Picture: Stock.xchng.

HARARE - The main hospital in the Zimbabwean capital Harare has run out of space for patients.

State media is reporting that some seriously ill patients are being turned away or are lying on the tarmac of the car park.

Harare Central Hospital has 1,200 beds but those include beds on the maternity and psychiatric wards.

Reports say the institution has already reached its limit and some seriously ill patients are being turned away.

The Sunday Mail reports that patients who were ill enough to have been admitted were treated in the observations room and then sent away.

Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights' Rutendo Bonde says many patients are being sent to clinics and hospitals in outlying areas to avoid overcrowding in the capital.