By Peter Chivhima
St Michaels Mission Hospital in Mhondoro has received medical equipment worth US$200 000 to capacitate its operations.
With a catchment population of more than 100 000 and serving more than 2 000 patients monthly, St Michaels Mission Hospital in Mhondoro has over the years been experiencing major challenges including obsolete equipment, forcing the community to travel more than 120 kilometres to Harare for medical services.
With the country currently battling the Covid-19 pandemic, the hospital has received a major boost of medical equipment from ZANU PF Mhondoro – Ngezi legislator Honourable Tavengwa Mukuhlani.
Addressing those present at the handover ceremony for the consignment to the local community, Honourable Mukuhlani underscored the need to equip rural hospitals with modern machines.
“There is a need to equip our local hospitals so that we reduce expenses,” she said.
Local football team Ngezi Platinum Stars also handed over personal protective equipment to the hospital.
Accepting the equipment, Mhondoro- Ngezi Constituency District Medical Officer Dr. Noah Chiridza applauded the efforts.
“We are grateful for the support we have received today as we have been facing challenges but with the equipment we hope things will improve,” said Dr. Chiridza.
The equipment donated includes ventilator machines, vital machines, theatre beds and surgical sundries, among other essentials.