Ark, ZimHealth do­nates $30k to Mpilo

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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

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