Not long after celebrating his 93rd birthday in the city of Bulawayo, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has left the nation for medical care in Singapore.
According to his spokesperson, the President Mugabe travelled to Singapore for a medical checkup.
“His Excellency the President left for Singapore for a scheduled medical review. We expect him back in the country early next week,” spokesman George Charamba said. He did not give details.
The president usually travels to the southeastern Asia country to seek medical attention from what his aides have repeatedly said is eye cataract.
As Mugabe flew out, nurses at public hospitals joined junior doctors in a two-week strike that is meant to pressure the government into paying 2016 bonuses due in December.
Major hospitals have turned back cases that are not emergencies due to the strain brought on by the strike. Medical personnel in the army were deployed last week to help ease the burden on some hospitals.
The veteran leader’s critics say his overseas medical trips testify to the collapse of Zimbabwe’s public health system since the economy started to fall apart in 2000.