The Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Constantino
Chiwenga, who recently toured medical facilities in Manicaland condemned the
prevailing conditions at some of the facilities saying their status and what is
on the ground were in contrast.
Chiwenga, who also doubles as the country’s Vice President, recently
toured Nyanga District Hospital and Victoria Chitepo Provincial Hospital.
In his speech, Chiwenga said the Chitepo medical facility
was below par and that it did not match the provincial referral hospital
“The hospital lacks some facilities that would make it a
(proper) provincial hospital hence it’s a provincial hospital in name only,”
He also emphasized the need to equip these health facilities
with modern equipment in order to deliver high quality health services.
Chiwenga also noted that the hospital served close to two
million people and that additional infrastructure was needed as a matter of
“Manicaland province has a total population of 1.7 million
people and they get their health care from the provincial hospital hence there
is need to improve the standards of the health facilities at the hospital,”
He however complemented the hospital authorities for answering
on the government’s call to create Covid-19 isolation centres in all the 10 provinces.
“The hospital managed to turn 14 intensive care units with
14 beds into Covid-19 isolation centre as part of the government’s wholesome
fight against Covid-19 pandemic,” said Chiwenga.