There has been such a serious food crisis at Neshuro District Hospital in Mwenezi that patients sometimes use sugar as relish when eating sadza.
This is at a time when the majority of Zimbabweans no longer access health services because medication is either sold in foreign currency or is far beyond their reach. Recently a Harare medical doctor Azza Mashumba broke down while narrating the serious shortage of equipment and drugs in the country’s hospitals.
Masvingo Provincial Development Co-ordinator (formerly Provincial Administrator) Fungai Mbetsa expressed shock that the situation at Neshuro has come to this. The information came out during a devolution meeting held at Neshuro Growth Point in Mwenezi last Thursday . The meeting was also attended by the Minister of State for Masvingo, Ezra Chadzamira.
The meeting heard that the crisis at the hospital which is the biggest referral centre in the district is not only limited to food but there is a water crisis, shortages of medication and infrastructure including the perimeter fence that is falling down.
The District Development Coordinator DCC (formerly District Administrator), Rosemary Chingwe said that at one time the heads of Government departments in Mwenezi had to come together and help the hospital with food because of the crisis.
“Mwenezi heads of departments and other stakeholders had to come together and help with food supplies after hearing about food shortages at the hospital,’’ said Chingwe.
Asked by Mbetsa why the food crisis had to come to this, Nyikadzino Mavhundu the hospital administrator said the institute gets funds for running costs from patients’ fees and the charges are now so low that the fees cannot meet the needs including buying fuel and food.
Mbetsa said he was shocked to hear that patients are given sugar as relish at such a big hospital to which Mavhundu replied that it only happened once.
The meeting heard that Neshuro Hospital is 14km from Harare – Beitbridge Highway and nurses complained that there were many accidents that they deal with and yet there is usually no water at the institution.
Mavhundu also complained that villagers destroyed the perimeter fence at the hospital in a bid to access water from sources in the hospital yard. He appealed to Government to construct a security wall around the hospital.
Chadzamira urged stake holders to find long lasting solutions to the hospital’s problems.