HARARE – Top sungura musician Tongai “Dhewa” Moyo whose health deteriorated last week is expected to receive the long-awaited medication between today and tomorrow as doctors move to stabilise his condition.
Moyo is set to receive the drug Rituximab, which was recommended by his doctors.
The drug, which Moyo sourced from the United Kingdom, is used in the treatment of many lymphomas, leukemias, transplant rejection and some autoimmune disorders.
Dhewa was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma which he has been battling for the last four years.
Moyo was last week admitted at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare following the deterioration of his health condition.
He was eventually transferred to St Anne’s private hospital last night where the medication is said to be administered.
Dhewa, as Moyo is affectionately known among the multitude of his followers, told the Daily News yesterday that, doctors were working on kidney treatment.
“I have since left Parirenyatwa Hospital and I am now at St Annes Hospital,” said Moyo.
“They are treating my kidneys first and they will then start on the new drug (Rituximab) either tomorrow (today) or Tuesday,” he added.
Dhewa was billed to perform at last Friday’s “Big 5” show which was organised by Chipaz Promotions.
His group, Utakataka Express was however, present at the show and featured Moyo’s son, Peter as the frontman.
Moyo’s close aide and band member Shiga Shiga told the Daily News yesterday that the group had feared for the worst ahead of his admission to hospital.
“His condition the whole of last week was so bad that we feared for the worst. He was incapacitated but he looks better although he is not yet out of danger,” Shiga said.
Shiga added that the group hoped Moyo would be discharged from hospital on the strength of the new drug.
“He is still in hospital but his condition is set to improve once doctors give him the new drug. He is able to move around now and we hope everything is going to be fine,” Shiga said.
Information and Publicity Minister, Webster Shamu, who was said to be leading the fundraising campaign for the $10 000 which was used to procure the drug, said he was happy Moyo’s condition had improved.
“He is on a recovery process and I am happy that he is feeling much better,” Shamu said.
“I visited him on Friday and he was in high spirits and able to drink tea. We want to thank the doctors who have been administering the medication that he has been taking and making sure that they are there to help when things appeared to be bad.
“We have so far won a battle but the war against the ailment is yet to be over,” Shamu said.
Moyo is expected to be discharged from hospital upon completion of the administering process of the drug.