Supply Authority (Zesa) is affecting operations at all hospitals in the
country, conditions at Chipinge District Hospital have become particularly
dire, with water becoming scarcer and pre-mature babies dying in switched off
communities around Chipinge, is struggling with water challenges leading to
deplorable hygienic standards.
for more critical issues such as cleaning of injuries, drinking and cooking.
of floors and cleaning of linen, are being sidelined, leading to fears of new
infections within the hospital.
was of no use when power is switched off.
institution install solar power in order to solve the problem.
and electricity, serving patients becomes more difficult. We are doing all we
can to do our jobs under the harshest conditions but it’s all in vain most of
the times. Patients cannot take a bath regularly and we can’t use the toilets
with ease,” said the staff member.
had to devise new ways of attending to expectant mothers under candle light and
with very little or no water.
most of the times. Every medical practitioner finds it heartbreaking to see
children with the potential to live failing to get the requisite support and
dying as a result,” the source said.
lack of consistent refrigeration in the pharmacy while the situation is no
better at the mortuary too.
power all the time. The situation is worse than what many people think,” said