becomes place for prescriptions only
at Chivhu General Hospital where power cuts have affected operations and a
severe lack of adequate water has put the lives of patients in further danger.
hospital is also struggling under a severe shortage of basic equipment and
drugs like syringes and paracetamol.
hospital serves the whole community of Chivhu and all the resettlement areas
around the small town.
result of the crisis, many patients are returning home without getting the
required medical help on a daily basis.
News recently paid a visit to the hospital and managed to speak to some patients
who said they were there simply for the sake of it.
are no drugs here and we have been given prescriptions and we need to buy the
medicine on our own. There is no electricity most of the times and all services
have been hindered by power cuts. The X-ray is not in operation, the laboratory
is not working and the theatre too is not working,” said one patient as he
expectant mother said she had been told by a hospital employee to get help
elsewhere as her chances of dying in labour at the hospital were way higher
than what is ordinary.
met a hospital employee who advised to get assistance elsewhere because it was
not safe to use the maternity ward here,” said the expectant mother.
staff member who spoke to TellZim News blamed power cuts, shortage of equipment
and drugs, low levels of morale among employees and lack of adequate water for
the carnage at the hospital.
lab cannot function without power and most notably the mortuary. The mortuary
needs electricity always hence we are in a complete state of paralysis. The CSSD
department is not properly functioning and activities in the theatre have been
disturbed. We have a solar system but it’s not working properly. Add all that
to the grievances of doctors and nurses and you have a complete catastrophe,”
said the employee.
source said the hospital’s solar system contract was awarded to a dubious
company which failed to do the work properly, leading to below normal power
solar system produces power only for the lights. We heard that had the work been
done properly, we wouldn’t be facing a crisis of this magnitude,” said the
Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Alice Kanyemba was out of office and could not be
reached for comment.