By Chipo Gudhe
Zimbabwe’s biggest ferrochrome producer, Zimasco has thrown a lifeline to struggling Kwekwe General Hospital after it donated an assortment of medical equipment today.
The US$110 000 donation is going towards overhauling a maternity ward adopted by the ferrochrome producer.
Speaking at the handover ceremony Minister of State for Midlands Provincial Affairs Senator Larry Mavima hailed Zimasco for capacitating the district’s referral hospital which caters for over 300 000 people.Mavima said the ferrochrome producer was complimenting government’s effort in this Covid 19 pandemic era.
“Government remains resolute towards Covid 19 mitigation and control and has adopted an inclusive approach in this fight. “In this regard allow me to express my sincere gratitude to corporates, Zimasco in particular, for their sterling efforts towards improving our health delivery system.
“The equipment donated here will go a long way towards addressing capacity issues at Kwekwe General Hospital,” he said.
The hospital has been facing critical shortages of equipment and the donation by Zimasco comes in handy as it includes eletrocardiography (ECG) machines, defibrillators (devices used to restore normal heart beat if the heart suddenly stops), beds, medicine trollies, computers, solar heaters, air conditioners and television sets amongst others. Senator Mavima said the equipment will guarantee provision of quality health services at the facility which also caters for patients from as far as Mashonaland West province.
Senator Mavima called on other corporates to emulate what Zimasco has done by capacitating the hospital which is facing an acute shortage of service vehicles.