Nkayi smiles as VP Mphoko do­nates to hospi­tal

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pamela Shumba Se­nior Re­porter

VICE Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko yes­ter­day do­nated a wash­ing ma­chine worth $13 000 to Nkayi District Hospi­tal in Mata­bele­land North prov­ince.

He also do­nated 10 glu­come­ter ma­chines that are used to mea­sure blood sugar in pa­tients suf­fer­ing from sugar di­a­betes.

VP Mphoko had iden­ti­fied the need for a wash­ing ma­chine at the hospi­tal two months ago and promised to fa­cil­i­tate its pro­cure­ment.

The hospi­tal was fac­ing se­ri­ous chal­lenges in clean­ing pa­tients’ blan­kets and linen due bro­ken down wash­ing ma­chines.

Speak­ing be­fore hand­ing over the wash­ing ma­chine, VP Mphoko said the do­na­tion would go a long way in im­prov­ing hy­giene and clean­li­ness in the hospi­tal’s wards.

“I was here two months ago and I saw the dys­func­tional wash­ing ma­chines. I promised that I would come back with a wash­ing ma­chine to as­sist the hospi­tal clean its linen and blan­kets in a more ef­fi­cient and convenient way.

“This is a prob­lem that most hos­pi­tals are fac­ing. Most of their ma­chines are ob­so­lete and need to be re­placed. It’s not a good sit­u­a­tion when the hospi­tal has to take their linen to other hos­pi­tals or mem­bers of staff have to hand wash linen and blan­kets,” he said.

VP Mphoko said the new wash­ing ma­chine, which has a life­span of more than 50 years, was lo­cally man­u­fac­tured by Mr Nobert Makate, a laun­dry ma­chine spe­cial­ist at Bemro En­ter­prises.

He said he asked Mr Makate to re­pair bro­ken down ma­chines at Govern­ment hos­pi­tals.

“I’m happy that I do­nated a durable wash­ing ma­chine that won’t give the hospi­tal headaches. Mr Makate is a spe­cial­ist in laun­dry ma­chines and I have asked him to fix the old bro­ken down ma­chines,” said VP Mphoko, ad­ding that it was crit­i­cal to de­velop Mata­bele­land prov­ince, which has some of the poor­est districts in the coun­try.

The Vice Pres­i­dent said a num­ber of pro­grammes were lined up for com­mu­ni­ties in Nkayi in­clud­ing the con­struc­tion of sci­ence lab­o­ra­to­ries in some schools.

“We have to bring development to the peo­ple, es­pe­cially in the ru­ral ar­eas, to im­prove their liveli­hoods. We’ll start by sink­ing two bore­holes in Nkayi soon be­fore we con­struct four lab­o­ra­to­ries in schools that are yet to be iden­ti­fied.

“I’m promis­ing the Nkayi com­mu­nity to­day that I will do­nate two in­cu­bat­ing ma­chines and day-old chicks which I’ve do­nated to other prov­inces. I’ve al­ready do­nated in­cu­bat­ing ma­chines to vil­lagers in Mkum­bura and Mt­shabezi,” said VP Mphoko.

He added that he would soon round up his chicken poul­try pro­ject in Bulawayo be­fore pro­ceed­ing to Mashona­land Cen­tral, Mata­bele­land North and other prov­inces.

VP Mphoko said he had also spo­ken to the Min­is­ter of Mines and Min­ing Development Wal­ter Chid­hakwa to is­sue out li­cences to groups of peo­ple in the Nkayi com­mu­nity so that they can earn a liv­ing.

He ap­pealed to the peo­ple of Nkayi to as­sist him in his work to help them im­prove their lives on be­half of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

“I be­lieve that peo­ple trust me now be­cause I keep my prom­ises. I’m ap­peal­ing to the peo­ple to be trust­wor­thy and utilise the re­sources that they are given,” said VP Mphoko.

The Nkayi District Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer, Dr Tha­bani Moyo, ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the VP for his do­na­tion, say­ing the hospi­tal was fac­ing many chal­lenges that were af­fect­ing ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“We’re hum­bled by this do­na­tion. It will go a long way in im­prov­ing ser­vice de­liv­ery at the hospi­tal. We were now wash­ing man­u­ally and de­pend­ing on other hos­pi­tals to clean our linen. This was mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for us to pro­vide clean linen all the time.

“The hospi­tal is fac­ing many chal­lenges that in­clude a short­age of am­bu­lances and ser­vice ve­hi­cles, fre­quent stock out of drugs,” said Dr Moyo.

He said the hospi­tal’s moth­ers’ wait­ing shel­ter, which has a ca­pac­ity of 60 ex­pect­ing moth­ers, was over­whelmed with more than 100 peo­ple.

The han­dover cer­e­mony was also at­tended the District Administrator, Mr Mand­la­makhulu Moyo, Zanu-PF Mata­bele­land North pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary for Fi­nance, Cde Stars Mathe, tra­di­tional lead­ers in the area and vil­lagers.

It was pomp and fan­fare at the of­fi­fi­cial open­ing of Club 263 in the city cen­tre, a fi­fire­works dis­play was part of the cel­e­bra­tions yes­ter­day

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