Mata­bele­land gets first spe­cialised the­atre

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Aux­ilia Ka­ton­go­mara Chron­i­cle Re­porter.

A SPE­CIALISED op­er­at­ing the­atre that en­ables doc­tors to carry out all types of surg­eries, has been opened in Bu­l­awayo.

The Mod­u­lar Op­er­at­ing The­atre (OT) is the third such fa­cil­ity in the coun­try and the first in Mata­bele­land re­gion.

The the­atre is among a num­ber of fa­cil­i­ties avail­able at Cor­po­rate 24, a $3,5 mil­lion state-of-the-art pri­vate hospi­tal lo­cated along Josiah Ton­gog­ara Av­enue in Bu­l­awayo which opened its doors last Fri­day.

The hospi­tal has emer­gency ser­vices, ra­di­ol­ogy, ma­ter­nity, pae­di­atric, lab­o­ra­tory, vac­ci­na­tions and the In­ten­sive Care Unit as well as the high de­pen­dency unit.

Cor­po­rate 24 founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Dr Mike Joka said the fa­cil­ity was a 30-bed fa­cil­ity and is the big­gest fa­cil­ity in their health ser­vices group.

He said the op­er­at­ing the­atre would cater for any type of op­er­a­tions and was the first of its kind in Mata­bele­land.

“I am very proud to­day not that we have opened the fa­cil­ity but to­day we are also wit­ness­ing some­thing that is very ex­cit­ing, some­thing that we are proud of as Cor­po­rate 24. We have taken our good time to per­fect our art and see to it that we give the peo­ple of Bu­l­awayo the best that we can,” said Dr Joka.

“The Op­er­at­ing The­atre that we are open­ing to­day is the first Mod­u­lar OT in Mata­bele­land. It is the most re­cent or most mod­ern tech­nol­ogy when set­ting up the­atres. This here is the third mod­u­lar OT in Zim­babwe.”

He said the other two Mod­u­lar OTs are at Av­enues Clinic and Parireny­atwa Hospi­tal, both in Harare.

Dr Joka said the in­sti­tu­tion, which also has a phar­macy, ac­cepts cash-pay­ing pa­tients and those on Med­i­cal Aid.

Of­fi­cially open­ing the hospi­tal, Health and Child Care Deputy Min­is­ter Dr Aldrin Musi­iwa ap­plauded Cor­po­rate 24 for com­ple­ment­ing Govern­ment ef­forts in pro­vid­ing health care ser­vices. “I sin­cerely laud such an ef­fort and en­cour­age other busi­ness­peo­ple and en­ter­preneurs to em­u­late Dr Mike Joka,” said Dr Musi­iwa.

He said it was sad that the coun­try’s health sys­tem was op­er­at­ing un­der se­vere con­straints as ev­i­denced by drug short­ages, lack of equip­ment and shortage of man­power.

“Over the years play­ers in the pri­vate health care sec­tor have suf­fered un­der the mis­con­cep­tion that they cater only for the elite or rich. We should be grate­ful to this sec­tor which com­ple­ments govern­ment ef­forts in pro­vid­ing health care ser­vices,” said Dr Musi­iwa. — @Aux­il­iaK

The Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Cor­po­rate 24 Dr Mike Joka (right) shows the Deputy Min­is­ter of Health and Child Care Cde Aldrin Musi­iwa (left) and the City Coun­cil Act­ing Di­rec­tor of Health Ser­vices Dr Ed­win Sibanda the state- of- the- art equip­ment in a Mo­dula op­er­at­ing the­atre dur­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of Cor­po­rate 24 Med­i­cal Cen­tre along Josiah Ton­gog­ara Street be­tween 8th and 9th av­enues on Fri­day. — Pic­ture by Den­nis Mudza­miri

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