Gutu RDC ap­proves 200-bed pri­vate hos­pi­tal plan

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Feature/analysis/national News - Wal­ter Mswazie Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

GUTU Ru­ral Dis­trict Coun­cil has ap­proved an ap­pli­ca­tion by Utsinda De­vel­op­ment Trust to con­struct a mod­ern multi-mil­lion dol­lar 200 bed pri­vate hos­pi­tal in Utsinda com­mu­nal lands near Mpan­dawana Growth Point.

The lo­cal author­ity torched a storm early this year when it charged the trust levies amount­ing to $32 000 as a con­di­tion to get a li­cence to start the project.

Dur­ing his visit to Gutu to pay con­do­lences to the Gutu fam­ily some­time in April fol­low­ing the death three years ago of his un­cle Chief Gutu, Mr Amos Kasirai Masan­gan­ise, Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe crit­i­cised Gutu RDC for scut­tling the project by charg­ing un­jus­ti­fi­able levies.

Utsinda De­vel­op­ment Trust di­rec­tor Pro­fes­sor Ran­gari­rai Masan­gan­ise, a re­tired oph­thal­mol­o­gist thanked the Gov­ern­ment for its in­ter­ven­tion.

He said when com­plete, the hos­pi­tal will em­ploy five doc­tors, two of them spe­cial­ists, and 10 nurses.

Pro­fes­sor Masan­gan­ise said while the hos­pi­tal will be a 200 bed fa­cil­ity, the in­sti­tu­tion will give promi­nence to clin­i­cal care on out­pa­tient ba­sis.

“Gutu RDC has fi­nally lis­tened to the voice of rea­son. There is progress on the mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar pri­vate hos­pi­tal after we were given per­mis­sion to work on our five hectare near Ut­simba Hill in Chief Gutu’s area,” he said.

“I would like to thank gov­ern­ment for as­sist­ing us in our en­deav­our to im­prove peo­ple’s ac­cess to qual­ity health de­liv­ery sys­tem.”

Prof Masan­gan­ise could not state the ex­act cost of the project.

He said he was moved to un­der­take the project by the plight of ru­ral peo­ple who walk long dis­tances for health ser­vices.

“I am giv­ing back to my com­mu­nity. I am a med­i­cal doc­tor- an oph­thal­mol­o­gist to be pre­cise- who has re­tired and I’ve re­alised that I can­not en­joy my re­tire­ment if peo­ple in my area can­not ac­cess qual­ity health.

“The plight of peo­ple who I know has mo­ti­vated me into com­ing up with such an ini­tia­tive and I am grate­ful to gov­ern­ment for giv­ing me the per­mis­sion to re­alise my dream,” he said.— @ wal­terbm­swazie2

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