Hospital using candles for lighting

BULAWAYO The erratic power supply in the city is forcing hospitals to use candles for lighting when performing emergency operations.

City mayor, Thaba Moyo said the cash strapped local authority was not in a position to put in place alternative power sources.

Moyo appealed to well wishers to donate generators and other alternative energy sources that could be used by the council to enable it to deliver proper health care to its city residents. Council-run clinics cannot afford alternative sources of power. There have been a number of times when our staff has had to conduct emergency operations under candlelight, he said.

He said all the clinics in the city did not have generators to supplement power in the event of a blackout. Moyo, who was speaking at a ceremony to hand over a wheelchair and various goods worth more than US$1 000 to the local authority by an Australia-based organisation, African Outreach, said more still needed to be done to improve the health provision. African Outreach donated goods that included exercise books, clothes, mosquito nets, sharpeners and a wheelchair with a total value of US$1 600.


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