$5m for new dis­trict hos­pi­tal

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THE Gov­ern­ment has availed $5 mil­lion for the con­struc­tion of a new dis­trict hos­pi­tal that will have about 125 beds in Umz­ing­wane Dis­trict in Mata­bele­land South Province.

Na­tional Assem­bly Mem­ber for Umz­ing­wane con­stituency Re­tired Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Levi May­ihlome told Sun­day News that they were very happy the Gov­ern­ment through the 2019 Na­tional Bud­get had availed funds for the con­struc­tion of a new hos­pi­tal in the dis­trict.

He said con­struc­tion work would com­mence at the be­gin­ning of 2019 adding that they have urged the Min­istry of Health and Child Care to make sure foun­da­tions start early so that if the $5 mil­lion is not enough to com­plete the con­struc­tion the Gov­ern­ment would then al­lo­cate an­other amount in the 2020 bud­get.

“We are very happy as Umz­ing­wane that in the bud­get the Gov­ern­ment al­lo­cated us $5 mil­lion to con­struct a new dis­trict hos­pi­tal. Umz­ing­wane has been the only dis­trict with­out a dis­trict hos­pi­tal and we are happy that this year they have con­sid­ered us.

“The con­struc­tion will start soon af­ter the New Year and we have urged the Min­istry of Health and Child Care to en­sure foun­da­tions are dug early so that we can be given more money if this one is not enough to com­plete the whole con­struc­tion ex­er­cise,” he said.

Mata­bele­land South pro­vin­cial med­i­cal di­rec­tor Dr Chido Chikod­zore said the land has been iden­ti­fied and a site plan was al­ready in place.

“The land has been iden­ti­fied; the new hos­pi­tal will be at St Paul’s farm that was partly owned by Cameroons just be­fore Esikhoveni Train­ing Cen­tre. The Pub­lic Works Depart­ment needs to avail a plan for the hos­pi­tal then a bill of quan­ti­ties is done,” she said.

Dr Chikod­zore said the new hos­pi­tal would al­low the dis­trict to ef­fec­tively serve the pop­u­la­tion by of­fer­ing in-pa­tient management which was cur­rently not pos­si­ble.

“The pro­posed hos­pi­tal min­i­mum re­quire­ment is an in-pa­tients ward with a min­i­mum of 125-bed ca­pac­ity. It will have such fa­cil­i­ties as the male, fe­male, chil­dren, ma­ter­nity and labour wards, iso­la­tion of in­fec­tious dis­eases, out pa­tients, ca­su­alty, fam­ily and child health unit, lab­o­ra­tory, phar­macy dis­pen­sary and bulk med­i­cal stores. Ra­di­ol­ogy, op­er­at­ing theatre and ster­il­is­ing unit, laun­dry unit and wait­ing moth­ers’ home with laun­dry and cook­ing fa­cil­i­ties will be some of the fa­cil­i­ties.

“It will also have a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion unit, kitchen, in­clud­ing food stor­age space, staff ac­com­mo­da­tion — a min­i­mum of 10 hous­ing units, and at least 10 bed­sit­ter flats and gen­eral stores, hos­pi­tal park­ing space for am­bu­lances and ser­vice ve­hi­cles and staff and clients ve­hi­cles, mor­tu­ary and den­tal unit,” said Dr Chikod­zore.

She said the new hos­pi­tal would also at­tract pro­fes­sion­als like doc­tors who usu­ally do not stay for long in the dis­trict be­cause of lack of ac­com­mo­da­tion and some of the ser­vices like Cae­sar­ian sec­tions.

The cur­rent Esigo­dini Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal was built in 1945 as a Sex­u­ally Trans­mit­ted In­fec­tions clinic in­tended for the farm work­ers. The hos­pi­tal space is lim­ited for ex­pan­sion as it is sand­wiched be­tween a rail­way line and pri­vate prop­er­ties in the form of farms. The hos­pi­tal has not de­vel­oped from its orig­i­nal struc­ture of 1945 and there­fore it does not meet the stan­dards of a dis­trict hos­pi­tal.

The po­si­tion­ing of the hos­pi­tal is not strate­gic as it is lo­cated 5km away from res­i­den­tial ar­eas and its lo­ca­tion makes it in­ac­ces­si­ble to se­ri­ously ill pa­tients who drop off at the high­way and pro­ceed on foot as there is no avail­able trans­port to the area.

The hos­pi­tal is a 58-bed in­sti­tu­tion with eight beds at the ma­ter­nity wing, pae­di­atric 10 beds and adult gen­eral 40 beds with all these squashed in five small wards.

@Moy­oOlivet

Re­tired Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Levi May­ihlome

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