Makonde’s St Rupert’s hospital in urgent need of a doctor

BY Regis Mhako

The Makonde community has made a passionate plea for the government to assign a doctor to St Rupert’s hospital, to minimise the referral of patients to Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital which is 133 kilometres away.

The 85-bed St Rupert’s Hospital, which is a referral centre for nine clinics in the marginalised Makonde communal area has gone for over 2 years without a doctor.

Addressing the Zanu PF leadership led by Women’s League national member, Cde Jennifer Mhlanga, the hospital’s Sister in Charge, Matron Catherine Mabbodo said the institution has a shortage of nurses and the theatre is non-operational.

“Since 2018 we haven’t had a doctor, we have no Anesthetist, our theatre is lying idle despite the equipment available.”

Villagers echoed the same concerns appealing to the government to intervene and save lives.

“We are not happy because we do not have a doctor, no one can examine patients.”

In response, Cde Mhlanga said the engagement of Vice President Kembo Mohadi as Chairperson of the COVID- 19 Inter-Ministerial Taskforce and the recent appointment of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga as Minister of Health and Child Care is a reflection of the government’s commitment to addressing challenges in the health sector.

“Vice President Kembo Mohadi is the leader of the inter-ministerial committee on COVID-19, and instead of having a Minister of Health and Child Care we have Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, hence government regards the sector as critical. I am going to play my representative role and ensure you have a doctor.”

Cde Mhlanga and her entourage also visited Portlet, Matoranjera and Zumbara clinics and donated some personal protective equipment and foodstuffs.