Mis­sion hos­pi­tals get $60 000 equip­ment

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Oliver Kazunga

FOUR mis­sion hos­pi­tals in Mata­bele­land have re­ceived med­i­cal equip­ment worth $60 000.

The do­na­tion, com­pris­ing an as­sort­ment of items such as wheel­chairs, walk­ers, bed pans, and crutches among oth­ers was made on Fri­day by No­mads Mata­bele­land, a so­ci­ety which pro­motes the game of golf as well as cham­pi­oning char­i­ta­ble causes.

The equip­ment was do­nated to four mis­sion health cen­tres namely St Luke’s and Pu­mula Mis­sion Hos­pi­tal in Mata­bele­land North as well as Mt­shabezi Mis­sion Hos­pi­tal and Brunapeg St Anne’s Hos­pi­tal in Mata­bele­land South.

In an in­ter­view af­ter hand­ing over the equip­ment to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries in Bu­l­awayo, No­mads Mata­bele­land vice-cap­tain Mr Vusa Mpofu said their do­na­tion was based on the needs of peo­ple who would have ap­proached them seek­ing as­sis­tance.

St Luke’s Hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tor Mrs Geral­dine Jongwe thanked the no­mads for the ges­ture.

“The do­na­tion we’ve re­ceived to­day is go­ing to help a lot in meet­ing the needs of the peo­ple that we serve as an in­sti­tu­tion. We’re a ru­ral hos­pi­tal and we serve a lot of peo­ple. The do­nated equip­ment will go a long way in aug­ment­ing what we have,” she said.

Brunapeg St Anne’s Hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tor Mr Learn­ford Malamba said his in­sti­tu­tion was faced with chal­lenges associated with HIV/AIDS due to its lo­ca­tion near the bor­der.

“We’re op­ti­mistic that the equip­ment we have re­ceived to­day will go a long way in serv­ing pa­tients tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion that the hos­pi­tal is over­whelmed by HIV/ AIDS pa­tients.

“As we’re lo­cated at the bor­der some of our pa­tients are Zim­bab­weans who would have gone to the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries, South Africa and Botswana,” said Mr Malamba.

“Some­times these peo­ple come back home crit­i­cally ill that they need care through some of the equip­ment.”— @okazunga.

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