Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Constantino Chiwenga, last Friday while touring Chimanimani Rural Hospital, said the facility was poised for expansion so that it could serve the health needs of the community in line with the Ministry’s new strategy of extending health services to all people.
“Government will also upgrade Chimanimani Hospital so that it is able to offer theatre and laboratory services as well as diagnostic facilities and a doctor will be seconded to this hospital. Manicaland has seven Administrative Districts that must be having a Government-run hospital per district,” said Dr Chiwenga.
Having learnt a lesson on the health delivery system shortcomings experienced during Cyclone Idai in terms of health infrastructure, Dr Chiwenga pointed out that there was need to construct more health facilities to match emerging demands for health services.
“As part of Government’s National Disaster Preparedness and Management, such as natural disasters that come at a grander scale, require more health facilities to be constructed to cater for significant casualty tolls that may be incurred from time to time.
“My Ministry is leaving no one behind in its quest to transform the current humble healthcare landscape to an accessible, efficient and robust life-saving system,” said Dr Chiwenga.
VP Chiwenga said the outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent recording of cases in the country acted as a trigger and an indicator prompting the need to revamp health infrastructure in order to deliver a higher level of health services in line with modern trends.
“The emergence of COVID-19 pandemic has also beckoned Government to consider improving the existing medical infrastructure and to also build more facilities in order to notch up the quality of health service delivery in the country,” said VP Chiwenga.
The VP noted that the district relied on Mutambara Mission Hospital and said that there was need to build a new and bigger district hospital
“I am aware that the whole of Chimanimani District relies upon Mutambara Mission Hospital and Chimanimani Rural Hospital for medical care. Plans are underway to build a 150-bed District Hospital in Chimaninmani District.
“Cognisant of the notable deficit of medical facilities in the district and other parts of the country, my Ministry embarked on a modernisation and expansion of hospital infrastructure programme,” said the Vice President.
Chimanimani Rural Hospital is currently serving about 6 000 people, but with growing populations and demand for health services, it has been seen fit to expand the existing facility by adding other services such as theatre and laboratory and full blood count services.
The visit was also attended by Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Nokuthula Matsikenyere, deputy Minister of Health, D r John Mangwiro, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Marian Chombo and Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development, Mike Madiro, among others.