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Birchenough Bridge Hospital receives health equipment

Story by Tamuka Charakupa

Birchenough Bridge Hospital in Chipinge has this Saturday received a consignment of health equipment and food aid as the church and the private sector complement government efforts in ensuring people’s well-being.

The facility is the latest to benefit from the Seventh Day Adventist Church in collaboration with Bridging Gaps Foundation (BGF).

The hospital and local leadership commended the life-transforming gesture.

Birchenough Bridge Hospital’s matron, Nicholas Sithole said, “We appreciate this gesture by the government through the BG because it has addressed some of the pressing challenges which we were facing as an institution. We needed the beds, blankets and sheets and above screen covers so that we enhance the privacy of patients in the hospital.”

“This testifies to the government’s inclusivity policy where no one and no place is being left behind. We have received food aid and hospital equipment which we believe will go a long way in addressing some of the pressing issues faced in this community,” said Buhera South legislator, Honourable Ngoni Mudekunye.

Bridging Gaps Foundation chief executive officer Mr Mberikwazvo Chitambo revealed plans to extend the social amenities programme countrywide.

“We anticipate to replicate this gesture to other districts across the country where we are focusing on alleviating hunger, investing in educational programming through the provision of food aid and creating health awareness among communities through curative and preventive care. As you are aware, BGF houses Arundel Hospital so we are taking the services offered at this facility to communities across the country,” he said.

Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Advocate Misheck Mugadza commended the multi-stakeholder approach towards improving access to health care.

“As Manicaland province, we welcome the positive move by the BGF and the SDA church. The aid has come at a time when we the government just commissioned Runyararo Health Centre which testifies to our commitment towards improving the health outlook in the province. We have also received food aid at the right time when President Mnangagwa just declared a state of disaster.”

Some of the donated equipment include 60 hospital bed mattresses, 120 bedding sheets and consumables, while the community received 30 tonnes of mealie meal, 10 tonnes of beans and 3000 litres of cooking oil.

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