By Lisa Masuku
Bulawayo’s Ekusileni hospital has received a major boost ahead of the reopening of the health institution set for May with most of the equipment now in place.
A brain-child of the late Vice President, Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, Ekusileni Hospital is expected to finally open its doors this May with various stakeholders working together for a common goal.
The hospital, will initially have15 beds, while it works on expanding the total number to 200.
“The hospital will have 15 beds as a start and then gradually increase towards a target of 200 beds as it continues to mobilise its targeted beds for the whole institution,” Ekusileni CEO, Dr Absolom Dube said.
The necessary equipment including beds, drips, chairs, patient cupboards, emergency trolleys, visitors chairs and drug cupboards are already in place, while kitchens are also now fully equipped.
The Minister of State for Bulawayo Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Judith Ncube received more equipment which includes refrigerators from local corporates this Wednesday.
“Sikhangelele ukuthi makungazange kube lokuphambaniseka sikhangelele ukuthi end of April or 2nd week of May the hospital will start taking patients. Everything is now in place in terms of hospital staff and equipment, we are just doing final touches. The whole idea is to decogest our health sector and by working together as a nation we want this hospital to be a specialist hospital at an affordable price.”
Ekusileni hospital has experienced a number of challenges after briefly opening in 2001 before closing in 2004.