German town breathes life into Masvingo city

The city of Kernen in Germany has given hospitals and clinics in Masvingo province a new lease of life with donations of a state-of-the-art ambulance and medical supplies.

Several clinics in the city, which are managed by the Masvingo city council had fallen on hard times and were running with a single ambulance to ferry patients in cases of emergencies. The city will now have two ambulances. The donation, which included a significant number of incubator machines, beds, linen and wheelchairs worth several thousand dollars will be distributed to the city’s three clinics, Masvingo General Hospital and Morgenster Mission Hospital.

The equipment was handed over to the city by the chair of the Kernen-Masvingo Association, Christian Fletcher who pledged to continue working to source more donations to improve Masvingo’s health system.

“Most health centres in Masvingo are in dire need of assistance,” he said. “We shall continue monitoring the situation and see how best we can assist the sector.”

The twinning of Masvingo and Kernen was signed in 1990 with a view to improving governance and to facilitate the exchange of technical, social and cultural information.

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