Hospitals lack resources

hospitalBULAWAYO - District hospitals in Matabeleland North are poorly resourced, a development that has affected the delivery of health services.

In a collective report compiled by the main four referral hospitals in the region, namely St Lukes in Lupane, Nkayi, Tsholotsho and Inyathi in Bubi, hospital authorities said there was a serious shortage of accommodation, ambulances, staff and computers.

In the report, the hospitals say lack of information technology such as computers hindered the compiling of records and data for patients.

Tsholotsho hospital is facing a serious shortage of transport.

“There is a transport problem especially for patients that come from long distances,” read the report.

Matabeleland North Provincial Medical Director, Dr Irene Ndiweni, said there was a need to generate skill and expertise in order to address human resource requirements at health institutions.

She said the high staff turnover at some of the hospitals in the province posed a serious threat to the health delivery system and there was a need to find ways to prevent staff migration to greener pastures especially outside the country.

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