Mpilo Hospital falling apart

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MPILO Central Hospital in Bulawayo, one of the major referral hospitals in Zimbabwe, is falling apart amid calls for the corporate sector to help restore it to its former glory.

Report by Blondie Ndebele

About $7 million is needed to revive the 600-bed institution.

This was revealed during a tour of the hospital on Wednesday by the health institution’s management and the Mpilo Resource Mobilisation Committee.

It was revealed that most of the hospital facilities and equipment were either malfunctioning or totally dilapidated.

The three Ward B theatres were closed in 2011 and have not been repaired to date.

Authorities said about $1 million was needed to refurbish the theatres which need sterilisers, theatre doors, walls and door tiling, among other requirements.

Most roofs at the hospital leak when it rains and need urgent attention as they are collapsing.

Equipment and machinery, especially in the storeroom, has been destroyed by water because of leaking roofs.

The hospital only has 40 pairs of bed sheets for the 600 beds.

There is only one elevator “working” which constantly breaks down, according to hospital authorities.

In the laundry room, the Voss machine broke down a long time ago and there are only two working washing machines.

Mpilo Hospital chief executive officer Lawrence Mantiziba said the “current state of the hospital does not meet the basic standards expected of a health institution”, and called on other players to come in and assist the government.

“That cannot be done by the government alone,” he said.

“All the institutions and individuals should join the board to rebuild this institution.

“We want total rehabilitation so that we get recognition from the International Standards Organisation.

“The situation is very pathetic and we need to sink in a lot of resources.

“This is not the time to keep writing challenges, reports, volume by volume,” Mantaziba added.

“We need to find the way forward and complement the ministry (of Health and Child Welfare).”

The hospital services Matabeleland North and South, Midlands, Bulawayo and Masvingo provinces.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Testimony to the successes of the Gukurahundi government – Takadzidza! tinemaDegree!!!

    Thatha maGukurahundi thatha – uyadlala wena!!

  2. oginye izapu uginye ipoison.bantwabami isitimela lesi elisigibele bhekani ukuthi silenhloko.masakhene isizwe bantwabami washo umfoka mqabuko.a leader is a leader because of his credentials and policies not becoz of his tribe.this tendency of tribal character wil not take us anywhere.

  3. There is need also to address the massive looting of resources by hospital staff at Mpilo. The procurement system there is well ‘below board” and the resources are being looted left right and centre. With good management, resources may be directed to the patient not into the pockets of administrators such as Lawrence Mantiziba who are growing fat at the expense of the patient.

  4. SO MANY GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS (UZ, MPILO) ARE DECLINING BCOZ OF AN IRRESPONSIBLE GOVT.

    HOW MANY RESPONSIBILITIES ARE THE PRIVATE BUSINESSES GOING TO BE BURDENED WITH IN ZIMBABWE ???? THIS IS GOING TO KILL PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT DEFINITELY.

  5. The reason why private companies pay high taxes is so that the government can do its job. That of governing the country & looking after citizens. Nw the government is asking private companies to run schools, hospitals on its behalf. Even government official’s birthdays are financed by the private sector

    What an embarrassing, burdensome government!

  6. I’m afraid I have just funded the commander in chiefs birthday… I’m making funds available for the referendum as well… I’m a bit tied up. Please ask Obedient son., he is the richest person in that region anyway

  7. That, ladies and gentlemen, shows the level of idiocy and stupidity displayed by me and you and every Zimbo. While hospitals are falling apart, they are declaring heroes who have died in foreign lands seeking better medical help because ZANU has killed each and every institution in Zim. They are busy enriching themselves by stealing our diamonds and people’s firms under indigenization, boarding airplanes to useless summits every week when our hospitals are crumbling. Then you hear some idiot frothing at the mouth defending some 89 year old great grand father (kaharahwa)! We are just stupid as a people. God, why us?

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