Govt takes over run­ning of Ekusileni

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

THE Govern­ment has taken over the run­ning of Ekusileni Med­i­cal Cen­tre and Mata­bele­land North pro­vin­cial med­i­cal di­rec­tor Dr Nyasha Ma­suka has been ap­pointed the in­sti­tu­tion’s care taker.

The spe­cial­ist med­i­cal cen­tre, which is the late Vice Pres­i­dent Joshua Nkomo’s brain­child, has failed to open for the past 13 years.

Health and Child Care Min­is­ter Dr David Parireny­atwa said his Min­istry was work­ing on open­ing the hos­pi­tal.

“I’m so dis­ap­pointed about Ekusileni be­cause what is hap­pen­ing is that the peo­ple who have been there be­fore went through long le­gal wrangles on how to un­tan­gle it,” said Dr Parireny­atwa in an in­ter­view yes­ter­day dur­ing a visit to Bu­l­awayo.

“So those le­gal is­sues to­gether with the Na­tional So­cial Se­cu­rity have been re­moved. We have been given the keys now.”

He did not elab­o­rate on how the le­gal hur­dles to pave way for the hos­pi­tal’s open­ing have been over­come.

Dr Parireny­atwa said they had ap­pointed Dr Ma­suka to over­see the in­sti­tu­tion whose open­ing has been long awaited. “We have ap­pointed some­one, the chief per­son to run that in­sti­tu­tion. Dr Ma­suka, we put him there, he will be run­ning it, to sort of su­per­in­tend.

“So it is quite un­just that we leave it va­cant. So we are re­ally em­pow­er­ing the per­son that is in charge to run with this pro­gramme and be able to give us re­sults es­pe­cially that the le­gal wrangles are out,” he said.

Dr Parireny­atwa said they have opted for a Public Pri­vate Part­ner­ship to start the project.

“Ad­verts are go­ing out now to be able to have part­ners some of whom we have al­ready iden­ti­fied.

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