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Doctors form Outreach Trust

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BULAWAYO – Doctors working from Mpilo Central Hospital have formed an organisation, Doctors’ Outreach Trust, which will offer free medical services to rural Matabeleland provinces.
The doctors said their community service programme was different from those offered by other local and foreign organisations that go to rural areas.
“There are other organisations that are already offering medical services in the rural areas. However most of these just go there once in a while and never return to check on the progress of the patients they would have treated. Our trust will be unique in that we will be visiting, re-visiting and reviewing the progress of the patients we would have assisted. It will be some form of a mini-mobile clinic,” said Andrew Kabanzi, one of the doctors.
Kabanzi said Doctors Outreach Trust would also look at issues of medical development.
“We will also look into issues of medical development in the areas we will visit.
“These include things like ambulances, transport and communication systems like roads, telecommunications, to make the area accessible.
“We will also address the lack of human resources in most of the rural clinics and hospitals,” he said.
Kabanzi gave the example of Tsholotsho Hospital that receives about 500 patients a day but only has one doctor attending to patients.
Some of the patients need to be referred to major hospitals and due to the poor road network, by the time they arrive, they would have developed complications.
One of the doctors, Stanford Phiri, said their first port of call would be Nyamandlovu Hospital in Umguza district.
“We will begin our outreach at Nyamandlovu hospital, where there is no doctor at all. We will also research on what the hospital lacks in terms of development and how we can address those issues,” he said.
Nyamandlovu hospital receives about 150 patients per day and it services 13 clinics in surrounding areas.
There are about 11 000 undiagnosed conditions at the hospital and the new Doctors’ Outreach Trust seeks to look into that immediately.
“From the statistics we received, there are about 11 000 undiagnosed conditions at the hospital and we are hoping to reduce that by 70%.
“We will also improve on accommodation for nurses at the hospital,” he said.

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