Electricity Shortage Hits Mpilo

Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo has been without electricity since Sunday following an electrical fault which resulted in the blackout.

Sources at the hospital told the Zimbabwean that critical patients at the referral centre have been transferred to the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH).

"A major power cable caught fire on Sunday evening resulting in a power blackout which has affected the whole hospital. The hospital is now using generators for critical units such as the intensive care and maternity wards," said a doctor at the hospital who refused to be named.

He said the hospital is spending about 400 litres of fuel per day running the heavy duty generators which are also being used for cooking purposes.

The generators are costly to run but there is no other option because some units cannot function without electricity. We hope the fault will be rectified as soon as possible," he said.

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