….as Zesa sues hospital for $120k debt
….mortuary is broken down
By Beatific Gumbwanda
CHIKOMBEDZI – The Free Methodist-run Chikombedzi Mission Hospital is in a dilapidated state with all facilities and services being in deplorable shape due to lack of funding.
The hospital is choking in debt and is also operating without key equipment and drugs, with the country’s power utility company ZESA recently launching a lawsuit to recover $120 000 owed by the struggling medical facility.
The hospital is experiencing severe water crisis, there is a shortage of bed linen and theatre equipment while staff houses are dilapidated.
Chiredzi South Member of Parliament (MP) Kalisto Gwanetsa, Chiredzi Rural District Council (RDC) Chief Executive Officer Isaac Matsilele and Acting Chiredzi District Medical Officer David Tarumbwa last week toured Chikombedzi Mission Hospital to appreciate the sad state of affairs there.
Gwanetsa said he invited the other officials so that they could all find ways of rescuing the hospital.
“After noticing the challenges being faced at the hospital, I invited the district medical head to assess the situation so that we can help each other find solutions.
“This hospital was built a long time ago with late national vice presidents Joshua Nkomo, Joseph Msika and John Nkomo once being treated here while staying at Gonakudzingwa Restriction Camp during the liberation struggle,” said Gwanetsa.
Chikombedzi Hospital matron, Ruth Hlongwane said most nurses and doctors who come to work at the hospital end up seeking transfers as they cannot stand the conditions at the facility.
She said the Zesa lawsuit was worsening the hospital’s capacity to deliver services, adding that conditions in the wards were also bad as patients were not getting good food.
“We only have hard water from the borehole but it not suitable for use during laboratory operations and cannot be used in our laundry machines. Our mortuary has since broken down forcing people to collect corpses immediately after the death of their loved ones.
“We have been dragged to court by Zesa over the $120 000 electricity bill which the government had promised to pay for us but failed to do so.
“Patients are being fed cabbages daily and they are not getting proper medicines. Our ambulances are down and the BP machines are broken. We have only one doctor yet we need at least four,” said Hlongwane.