Ark, ZimHealth donates $30k to Mpilo
MPILO Central Hospital in Bulawayo on Wednesday received a shot in the arm following the rehabilitation of its maternity wards and the donation of linen worth over $30 000.
The refurbishment of the maternity wards and theatre section was facilitated by the Absolute Return for Kids (Ark) and a volunteer group, ZimHealth.
The two organisations facilitated the repair of floors, installation of water geysers among others in the theatre and maternity wings.
Speaking at the handover of the rehabilitated wings Ark country director, Dr Vonayi Teveredzi Chimhamhiwa, said her organisation spent $30 000 of which $5 300 came from ZimHealth.
“As Ark we believe in a Zimbabwe where no woman should die or suffer complications while giving life and where no child should lose life or suffer complications before their life begins,” she said.
The two organisations also donated 100 pairs of sheets for maternity wards.
A Mpilo official said the maternity wards were operating without warm water as the geysers had broken down. Four 200 litre geysers were installed for both the maternity and theatre wards as well as chairs for the labour ward.
Mpilo Hospital board chairperson Mrs Sichelesile Moyo-Ncube thanked the two organisations and Mpilo Hospital staff for a job well done.
Present at the handover ceremony were Mpilo acting chief-executive-officer Mr Leonard Mabhandi, Ark board members, ZimHealth representative Mr Clarence Siziba, Ministry of Health officials and staff members.
Meanwhile, Gweru Provincial Hospital received audiology equipment worth $7 000 from a Hararebased company.
The equipment, which is used to diagnose ear, nose and throat problems, was handed over to the health institution by the director of Wizear Projects in the country, Dr John Matsekete.
Dr Matsekete said his company has in the past donated similar equipment to district, provincial and central hospitals across the country.
“Today we are here at Gweru Provincial Hospital where we are donating audiology equipment as we have done to other district, provincial and central hospitals in the country. The same equipment has been donated to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals and United Bulawayo Hospitals and we will be going to St Luke’s Hospital in Lupane next week,” he said.
Dr Matsekete said they were also working with the University of Zimbabwe to set up a one-year programme of Bachelor of Science degree in Audio Therapy so that there are experts in health institutions to assist patients with such conditions.
Midlands Provincial Hospital Rehabilitation Matron, Mrs Everesi Mbewe, commended Wizear Projects for the donation which she said would go a long way in assisting patients.
Mpilo Hospital board chairperson Mrs Sichelesile Moyo-Ncube