Tshinga Dube do­nates 30t food to Ingut­sheni

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

MAKOKOBA MP Re­tired Colonel Tshinga Dube has do­nated 30 tonnes of maize and game meat to Ingut­sheni Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing re­ports that the health in­sti­tu­tion was strug­gling to feed pa­tients and had run out of seda­tive drugs.

The short­age of the drugs, which are used in sup­press­ing vi­o­lent be­hav­iour in psy­chi­atric pa­tients, is al­legedly ex­pos­ing mem­bers of staff to vi­o­lent pa­tients.

Rtd Col Dube, who is also the Min­is­ter of Wel­fare Ser­vices for War Vet­er­ans, Col­lab­o­ra­tors and Ex-De­tainees, said he was en­gag­ing the Min­istry of Health and Child Care to see how the hos­pi­tal can be as­sisted in over­com­ing its chal­lenges.

“The hos­pi­tal is fac­ing many chal­lenges that are mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to ef­fec­tively pro­vide its ser­vices. I sourced 30 tonnes of maize and buf­falo meat to res­cue the hos­pi­tal. I handed over the maize and the meat last week and I was told that pa­tients were starv­ing and mal­nour­ished due to lack of pro­tein,” said Rtd Col Dube.

He said he was now work­ing closely with the Health Min­istry to help Ingut­sheni Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal as well as Mpilo Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal, which was also fac­ing se­ri­ous chal­lenges in the pro­vi­sion of drugs and blood.

“I have en­gaged Dr [David] Parireny­atwa, the Health and Child Care Min­is­ter to see how we can source funds to help our health in­sti­tu­tions.

“Mpilo Hos­pi­tal wrote to me in­form­ing me about the chal­lenges they are fac­ing in pro­vid­ing health care to its pa­tients. I was touched,” said Rtd Col Dube.

He said as an MP, it was his duty to make sure that the liveli­hoods of the peo­ple in his con­stituency and the rest of Bu­l­awayo are im­proved.

“We have to help the peo­ple and there has to be a plan to make life eas­ier de­spite the dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances. I have also do­nated text books to all pri­mary and sec­ondary schools in Makokoba con­stituency to im­prove the ed­u­ca­tion stan­dards at the schools,” he said.

Rtd Col Dube ap­pealed to well-wish­ers to come for­ward to help the in­sti­tu­tion.

Ingut­sheni Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal does not charge pa­tients for its ser­vices and the in­sti­tu­tion de­pends en­tirely on the Gov­ern­ment’s bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion for its re­cur­rent ex­pen­di­ture and cap­i­tal projects.

Hos­pi­tal au­thor­i­ties have on sev­eral oc­ca­sions ap­pealed for do­na­tions from well-wish­ers to cater for the needs of pa­tients at the in­sti­tu­tion.

Dr Parireny­atwa re­cently ex­pressed con­cern over acute food and medicine short­ages at the hos­pi­tal.

He said the Gov­ern­ment was strug­gling to pro­vide for the in­creas­ing num­ber of pa­tients at the in­sti­tu­tion. — @ pame­lashumba1

Re­tired Colonel Tshinga Dube

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