CBZ Bank Limited yesterday donated maternity delivery beds worth $10 000 to Harare Central Hospital as part of its corporate social responsibility.
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Speaking at the handover ceremony, CBZ’s head of retail banking support Tawanda Matembo, said the shortage of maternity beds at the hospital had prompted the financial institution to donate eight delivery beds.
“We strongly believe in partnering our community. The health delivery system is very close to our hearts; hence we regularly assist health institutions in their fundraising initiatives,” he said.
“As the good book, the Bible says, ‘it is blessed to give than to receive’; we are excited to donate eight delivery beds to Harare Central Hospital. We hope this donation will go a long way in making life better for all the the mothers giving birth at this institution.”
Harare Central Hospital head of the maternity division Dr Antony Machakaire said the healthcare facility faced a critical shortage because it required 13 beds in each ward.
“We deliver between 30 to 60 babies in a day and this translates to about 1 000 to 1 800 babies in a month. These beds donated today are just a drop in the ocean. We need about 13 beds in a ward. We want to appeal to more corporates to come in and help us,” Machakaire said.
The hospital’s principal nursing officer Lucy Godzongere said the hospital had not been able secure funds to acquire more beds for the maternity ward.
“Delivery beds have been a necessity for this hospital. We cannot find adequate funds to secure beds. These beds are disinfected after each delivery and like everything that is frequently cleaned, these beds have a short lifespan,” Godzongere said.