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124 solar panels lie idle at Chivhu Gen Hosp

Elliot
Jinjika
CHIVHU
The incessant power shortages which have hit the country have taken a toll at
Chivhu General Hospital putting to a halt key operations which require electricity
while a124 solar panel field lie idle in the backyard drawing and ire from the
public.
The hospital management has come under fire from the
public after they have negated a solar field of over 120 panels donated by the
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) about two years ago.
Power shortages have affected the mortuary,
laboratory, theatre and CSSD departments at Chivhu General Hospital with most
patients now being referred to Gutu, Murambinda, Driefontein and other mission
hospitals for assistance.
There have been some reports alleging that the
hospital management abused the funds to finish the project in anticipation that
they would recover the money quickly but the economy took a nosedive plunging
the whole project into doubt.
No comment could be drawn from the hospital
authorities but Chivhu district public works officer Edwin Mashingaidze said that
the project will soon be operational as it has been stalled for far too long.
“Soon the project will be completed and everything
will be done in a very short period of time. The handover had not been done
because the work was still in progress. We were just waiting for the donor to
supply other materials that were lacking.
“All things hinged in the hands of the donor and our
job here is just to check the progress and nothing more.
“Some sections of the hospital have already been
connected and soon the whole hospital will be done. Circumstances beyond our
control derailed the progress and it has nothing to do with misappropriation of
funds as others may think,” said Mashingaidze.
If completed, the solar field will be able to power
the most critical areas of the hospital.

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