No Water At Parirenyatwa General Hospital

“Water has run out and we are worried that we could get cholera and typhoid,” said one of the male nurses in an exclusive interview with Radio VOP.

“Funny enough there are boreholes but the water there is outside and so we have to go outside when we do dirty labour. Right now I have blood on my hands and have to go outside to get them cleaned. This is very serious.”

Last year the Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, said he was shocked at how the former ruling party, Zanu PF-controlled government could neglect Marondera General Hospital and allow a new wing to lie idle for 16 years.

The government has since 1980 been led by 87-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

Parinrenyatwa General Hospital, formerly Andrew Flemming Hospital, ironically recently had a major refurbishment programme which cost more than US$600 000.

The wards were spruced up and furniture was changed in the facility.

Zimbabwe’s health system has all but collapsed and a new Health Transition Fund, launched last year in Marondera.

The Fund is meant to help kick start the health system and allow women and children to receive free medical treatment at all hospitals countrywide.

“How can they not have running water at such a major institution,” said a medical practitioner in an exclusive interview.

“This is very serious and the officials must move and act fast before a major disease breaks out.”

Last year PM Tsvangirai said in Marondera: “The inclusive Government of Zimbabwe remains committed to achieving its health related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

“There is a need for a unified, national effort towards improving access to quality health care, especially for women and children.”

The Health Transition Fund, meant to improve the health system, currently has about US$150 million in its kitty.