Mission lifeline to ARV seekers

While other health institutions in the province have virtually Collapsed, Murambinda Mission hospital has managed to stand against the tide.

Thousands flock to Murambinda Mission hospital.
Thousands flock to Murambinda Mission hospital.

Maxwell Matenga (29) (not his real name) travels from Gutu in Masvingo province to access treatment here. The Anti Retroviral programme at Murambinda is being bankrolled by Medecins Sans Frontieres and Matenga is one of the hundreds desperate to receive the life-giving drugs.

Many sleep on shop pavements and bus shelters to improve their chance of accessing treatment.

“I have opted to sleep in the open so that I can be served early in the morning when the hospital opens. I can`t afford to pay overnight accommodation because it’s expensive for me.

There is nothing I can do because this mission hospital is providing good service,” said Matenga. Miriam Rufai (39) from Changadzi near Birchenough bridge said she was desperate to be initiated on ART programme and opted for Murambinda because local clinics in her area did not have adequate supplies to cater for demand.

“In Birchenough patients are forced to buy drugs. But here you receive everything free. People are poor that is why they are coming here and opting to sleep in the open because the standards are high. The staff is very professional and there is no corruption or nepotism,” she said. Buhera Rural District Council Chief Executive, Officer Kripwill Matsinde, said the cause of the congestion was the good service offered by the hospital.

“Murambinda is a cut above the rest that`s why you see a lot of people coming here for the good service. This has presented us with challenges,” he said.

“We are trying to do something to address this problem by building a shelter – but we have financial constraints,” he said.

James Mutharia, a field coordinator MSF said the hospital had 11 584 people on ART and expected to reach 27 000 by the end of 2012.

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