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I spent 4 months without seeing the Sun: VP Chiwenga discloses illness

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  • “Since I started falling sick in October last year, there were not many who thought I would heal completely. There were not many who thought I would be standing before you like this. The sickness is called idiopathic oesophageal stricture. It means that you cannot take in food and also you cannot even vomit. It involves blocking the esophagus and I spent a lot of time in the intensive care unit.”

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who was bedridden for 123 days before his return from China on Saturday, has opened up about the exact nature of his ailment to his friends and family, which he said made it difficult for him to eat anything.

Speaking during his homecoming Roman Catholic Church mass held for him at his rural home in Wedza, the Vice President said he was battling idiopathic oesophageal stricture, a disease of the esophagus which made it difficult for him to eat anything.

“I was telling colleagues that I spent four months without seeing the Sun. I only saw it this last Saturday upon returning home,” he said. “I want to thank you all for your prayers. Those prayers made me survive.

“Since I started falling sick in October last year, there were not many who thought I would heal completely. There were not many who thought I would be standing before you like this.

“The sickness is called idiopathic oesophageal stricture. It means that you cannot take in food and also you cannot even vomit. It involves blocking the esophagus and I spent a lot of time in the intensive care unit.”

VP Chiwenga thanked President Emmerson Mnangagwa for facilitating his treatment in China.

The Vice President also paid tribute to Chinese doctors and his team, led by Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care Dr John Mangwiro, which accompanied him to China and other countries where he sought treatment.

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