By Sifiso Mpofu – Tshaka
The diaspora community and the private sector have joined hands to spruce up infrastructure at Esigodini Hospital, the major referral health centre for Umzingwane District.
In a bid to address some of the challenges that the hospital is facing, the diaspora community and gold producer, How Mine came together under the banner “Save Esigodini Hospital” to give the facility a facelift.
The resources mobilised by diasporans have since refurbished the Out Patients department, while the hospital’s reception area is set to be improved after building material worth US$5000 was availed by the mining firm.
“When the local MP highlighted the challenges that this facility is facing, we sprang into action because this hospital services all of us.
“This is just the beginning. We want to continue partnering the hospital and the local leadership in improving this facility, said Gilbert Gumpo a representative of the Save Esigodini Hospital initative.
Hospital authoritiesbelieve the initiative is the beginning of a dream to transform the hospital into a modern facility that will offer various critical services which are currently being sought in Bulawayo.
“We currently do not have a theatre, which means we refer patients requiring surgery that we would otherwise perform to Bulawayo.
“We also would like to improve our wards so that we give our patients privacy and general comfort,” explained Dr Marambire SinaravoUmzingwane District medical officer.
The people of Umzingwane have been challenged tocontinue to working together to bring about meaningful socio-economic development in the district.
Umzingwane legislator Brigadier-General (Rtd) Levi Mayihlome was excited about the developments.
“I am glad that as the people of Umzingwane we are doing something to develop our constituency. I am proud to be associated with a generation that does not just look up to government to bring change in their areas, but are rising to the occasion.”
Meanwhile, the government through the constituency development fund and devolution programme has been availing financial resources to assist communities improve social services infrastructure, including clinics and schools.