President Emmerson Mnangagwa has donated an ambulance and various medical equipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to St Peter’s Mission Hospital in Chisumbanje, Chipinge South.
The President made a brief stopover at the Roman Catholic-run hospital on Monday before launching the ZANU PF election campaign in Chipinge district.
Mnangagwa handed over 24 hospital beds, delivery beds, an anaesthetic machine, oxygen concentrators, patient monitors, humidifiers and other equipment to the hospital. He also donated an automated wheelchair to Chief Musikavanhu.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, the President said the government has a duty to intervene where there are needs. He said Vice President Constantino Chiwenga identified the hospital’s needs during a recent visit and pledged government support.
“It is Government’s responsibility to intervene where there is need and we are doing exactly that. We will be doing much more for the hospital because we know this is not enough,” Mnangagwa said.
Dr Stephen Mbiri, the hospital head, thanked the President and government for the timely donation, saying the equipment will improve healthcare in the area.
The hospital recently underwent renovations funded by government and contributions from MP Enock Porusingazi.
The donation aligns with government’s plan to modernize public health facilities to achieve universal healthcare. Vice President Chiwenga has said the government wants to establish a first-class ambulance service.
Mnangagwa’s donation of medical equipment to the Chipinge hospital shows government commitment to improving rural healthcare infrastructure. However, critics say more needs to be done to revamp the nation’s strained public health system.