Nurses Living In Patients Wards

This has seen a mass exodus of staff from the hospital, which is the second largest referral hospital in the district after Kwekwe General Hospital.The hospital, which is supposed to have 128 workers is left with only 25workers.

This was revealed during a tour of the hospital by Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe and the Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Doctor Henry Madzorera.

Briefing Khupe and her entourage before the tour of the institution, the acting District Medical Officer, Dr Julius Mahachi, said the situation at the hospital was so critical that nurses were being forced to share accommodation with patients in the wards.

He said until his recent appointment, the hospital had gone for three years without a doctor because of the accommodation shortage.

“The staff houses were supposed to be constructed under Phase Three of the institution’s construction but work was suspended after Phase two.

“This has resulted in the hospital operating with very limited staff houses, forcing nurses to share accommodation with mothers in the maternity wing,” he said.

Dr Mahachi said unless the problems of accommodation and communication were addressed, qualified professionals will shun areas such as Silobela hospital.

The hospital can also not carry major surgical operations due to lack of equipment and other challenges.