Elec­tric­ity, water cri­sis forces par­tial clo­sure of Binga Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal

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BINGA has gone for two weeks with­out elec­tric­ity and water, forc­ing the par­tial clo­sure of the dis­trict hos­pi­tal which is now at­tend­ing to emer­gen­cies only.

A Zesa trans­former at Deka Drum broke down af­fect­ing both power and water sup­plies to the dis­trict.

Mata­bele­land North Pro­vin­cial Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor, Dr Nyasha Ma­suka said op­er­a­tions at Binga Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal and Kar­i­angwe Hos­pi­tal have been af­fected.

“When Binga has no elec­tric­ity it au­to­mat­i­cally af­fects water sup­ply, hence, de­part­ments like the hos­pi­tal can­not op­er­ate with­out water as this ex­poses both the clients and staff to dis­ease.

“Water short­age is forc­ing us to par­tially close the hos­pi­tal with im­me­di­ate ef­fect be­cause the chal­lenge is greater than es­ti­mated. In the mean­time we will only at­tend to crit­i­cal con­di­tions only and will be ad­mit­ting those in very se­ri­ous con­di­tions only,” he said.

Dr Ma­suka said they had pleaded with the Dis­trict Civil Pro­tec­tion Unit which is headed by Binga Dis­trict Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mrs Ly­dia Nde­thi-Banda to as­sist.

He said there were prom­ises that the sit­u­a­tion would be ad­dressed, but noth­ing has been done yet.

“The CPU had promised to as­sist the hos­pi­tal in sup­ply­ing water to the hos­pi­tal but noth­ing has been done so far. Hos­pi­tals be­ing most cru­cial places, are left with no op­tion ex­cept to par­tially close down,” he said.

Chief Siansale said Binga High School and other schools around Binga cen­tre are send­ing back pupils to their homes as they can­not man­age them with­out run­ning water.

“Non-board­ers are be­ing sent back home ev­ery morn­ing, while only Form Four ex­am­i­na­tion classes are the only ones at­tend­ing classes. The school is de­pend­ing on the school truck to col­lect raw water from the Zam­bezi River for use by the board­ers ex­pos­ing them to the risk of diseases,” he said.

The chief said most pri­mary schools are re­quest­ing each pupil to bring a two litres of water to school for drink­ing and clean­ing up their toi­lets.

“The sit­u­a­tion is crit­i­cal espe­cially in schools where young pupils are not able to take ut­most cau­tion. Power cuts crip­ple op­er­a­tions in most de­part­ments and a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion is re­quired as the dis­trict faces these chal­lenges ev­ery rainy sea­son,” he said.

A Binga busi­ness­man, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity said most busi­nesses were in­cur­ring losses.

“Peo­ple are now us­ing the bush to re­lieve them­selves and this may lead to diseases while there are also fears of ele­phant at­tacks as the an­i­mals are al­ways roam­ing around nearby bushes. We are also now fetch­ing water di­rectly from the croc­o­dile infested Zam­bezi River,” said the busi­ness­man.

Binga RDC chief ex­ec­u­tive Mr Joshua Muzamba and the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tor could not be reached for com­ment. — @win­nie_­masara.

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