Mahusekwa District Hospital to be a shining beacon
The Minister of Health and Child Care Dr. O. Moyo commented Mahusekwa District Hospital should be a shining beacon in the provision of health care services in the province and beyond.
“Let’s put our heads together and find workable solutions that will make Mahusekwa District Hospital a shining beacon in the provision of medical services to its community and beyond its boundaries. It is strategically positioned to cater for a huge population thereby reducing the burden of excessive numbers for Marondera provincial Hospital”, said Dr. O. Moyo.
The minister also applauded the Chinese government for donating state of the art machinery (biogas system, laboratory biochemistry, fluoroscope and computerized tomography (CT)scan). He however, highlighted that there is need to train staff on how to operate some of the equipment.
“We thank our Chinese counter partners who have continued to support us with the phase two construction of the hospital. The later has state of the art equipment though it is just lying idle as there is no skilled manpower to both operate and service the machine”, Dr Moyo said.
Echoing the same sentiments,District Medical Officer (DMO) Dr. Muzamindo observed that most of the machinery’s manuals are written in Chinese and some of the machines are not functional.
“We need training on how to operate these clinical machines because they are in Chinese. The training that we had was on maintenance, so we need interpreters,” said Dr. M. Muzamindo.
The DMO further highlighted the shortage of accommodation, power and water as challenges hindering the smooth flow of the construction process.
“From the 30th of April 2018 to date we have recorded over 650hrs of power outages affecting our machines and daily operations. The transfer at Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) Mahusekwa has been down for nearly three months leaving us to survive solely on borehole and stored water tanks.We have a staff compliment of 177 yet we have 20 houses currently, so we hope to consider budgeting funds that will allow for structures able to accommodate more households, at least 120 households”, said Dr Muzamindo.
The Hon. Min. O. Moyo promised to help expedite the establishment of a power substation for Mahusekwa that will curb the power shortages, revamp water supply and accelerate the whole construction process.
“The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) officials are here, begin working on thelow-tension (LT) line tomorrow and increase your gangs to expedite the process. A wealthy nation is a healthy nation; therefore, this construction should be complete by March 2019 so we can achieve our development agenda of providing primary health care from the village level,” said Dr. O. Moyo.