The Harare Central Hospital was only able to perform emergency operations due to the lack of essential drugs and medicines, according to the hospital’s leaked internal memo dated Sept. 16.
Harare Central Hospital, responsible for a catchment area of roughly 1 million people, cares for more than 110,000 patients annually and has more than 1,000 beds.
Citizens vented their anger about the hospital’s closure on news websites and WhatsApp.
The outrage was particularly focused on President Robert Mugabe, who regularly flies to Singapore for medical treatment.
Public hospitals in Zimbabwe have been suffering financial shortages for several years now, with many patients forced to bring their own linen and purchase their own medication at pharmacies.
“The shortage of drugs and equipment at central hospitals has reached crisis proportions, with patients going for days without proper treatment.