Polyclinics full, district hospitals needed

Harare city councillors are in talks over the construction of district hospitals as patients continue to swamp polyclinics.

Overcrowding at polyclinics in Harare has pushed councillors to take action.
Overcrowding at polyclinics in Harare has pushed councillors to take action.

The district hospitals would later be handed over to the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare.

According to new council minutes, the Director of Health Services reported that most council clinics were overcrowded as a result of better service and a high demand for ARVs, TB treatment and other chronic medication.

“We need to decongest the polyclinics. The director proposed that District Hospitals be explored in order to offer a more comprehensive health service to the residents. The ministry of health has given a nod to the idea and the director will come up with a project proposal,” read the latest council minutes.

The city council controls two infectious hospitals, Beatrice Infectious Diseases Hospital and Wilkins Hospital, as well as 12 polyclinics. According to a source in the council’s health service, Harare does not have secondary health care.

“Due to the lack of district hospitals in the city which deal with secondary health care, the health delivery system is now heavily dependent on the primary care clinics and tertiary care referral centres like Harare Central Hospital and Parirenyatwa Hospital.

“The council is planning to set up district hospitals where patients can be referred to for further treatment before they are transferred to central hospitals. Four of our polyclinics have been put forward as mini theatres to provide surgical maternal delivery,” the source said.

The source said Zimhealth will partner with the council to build a new building at Mabvuku Polyclinic.

“Zimhealth intends to assist us with medical equipment and the construction of an outpatient wing,” said the source.

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