By Abigirl Tembo, Health Editor
SEVERAL government departments have partnered to restore sanity at Masvingo Provincial Hospital which has been marred by poor administrative issues.
This came out during a tour of the hospital by the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr John Mangwiro.
A high powered delegation comprising of Masvingo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Cde Ezra Chadzamira, Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr John Mangwiro, top provincial leadership and hospital concurred that there is need to rectify some of the challenges facing the hospital ranging from water to accommodation challenges.
“I am disappointed. Operations are not well really administratively. Yes, the Superintendent outlined programmes that are going on but there is a lot to be done. We were with the Resident Minister and we have agreed each department should play its part and do things well. There is no water, hence we have agreed municipality is going to connect water and boreholes. General cleanliness is really something that we need to work on as well as accommodation for Doctors and Nurses. This is a programme that I am personally going to be pursuing after every 2 weeks so that Masvingo Hospital gets to the level of other hospitals. So, there is need for support from all departments in government and I am sure within a short space of time things will be better so we are going to make sure they get new machines. The Nurses home is also in a state of disarray and we will get that sorted. The most important thing is that we have roped in the uniformed forces to assist,” said the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr John Mangwiro.
Despite the challenges, the hospital has managed to record some successes, according to the Acting Chief Executive Officer, Dr Noel Zulu.
“One of the major success stories is that we have improved in terms of service provision. Once upon a time, Masvingo Hospital was just a simple hospital with General Doctors, but as we speak right now, we are offer seven different specialist services and we are also setting up our COVID-19 section. In terms of laboratories we have one of the most fully equipped labs. It’s also one of the ISO certified laboratories in the country,” he said.
Masvingo Provincial Hospital will soon be a teaching hospital, once the Great Zimbabwe Medical School opens its doors next year.