Bindura Hospital shocks DPM

Deputy Prime Minister, Thokozani Khupe, has expressed shock at the sorry state of Bindura Provincial Hospital where taps are dry and there is only one ambulance. The largest referral hospital in Mashonaland Central also experiences frequent power cuts, which severely affect service delivery.

Deputy Prime Minister, Thokozani Khupe.
Deputy Prime Minister, Thokozani Khupe.

“I am shocked to be told that they do not have either water or electricity and I wonder how they operate. I am going to talk to the Minister of Water (Sipepa Nkomo) to make sure they drill boreholes here,’’ Khupe said during a recent tour of the province.

‘‘I am also going to talk to the Finance Minister (Tendai Biti) so that generators are procured for use when power is out, and for water pumping purposes,” Khupe said. Khupe donated wheelchairs and an assortment of medical equipment sourced from well-wishers. Hospital Health Services Administrator, Tonderai Nyahumira, said the hospital was grateful to the DPM for the donati -on and promised to resuscitate the institution.

“Sixty eight percent of the staff do not have institutionalised accommodation. There is only one working ambulance and the other three are grounded,” Nyahumira said. The hospital is also struggling to deal with an influx of typhoid patients. Bindura Mayor, Ivory Matanhire, said efforts to provide water at the hospital were being frustrated by constant power cuts. “We cannot pump water without electricity, load shedding is haphazard and it affects the whole town. We need bigger water reservoirs and help from Central Government,” Matanhire said. The hospital was established in 1937 to cater for a small farming community but a fast growing population is straining its resources.

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