November 22, 2013

Fire guts rural Chidamoyo hospital

Filed under: News — Nhaudzenyu @ 4:40 pm

Chidamoyo mission hospital

By Nhau Mangirazi

Hurungwe-  Chidamoyo mission hospital was gutted by fire on early Thursday morning forcing authorities to discharge 26 patients here.

The source of the fire that damaged donor sponsored health facility is unknown as there was lightning during the time the hospital caught fire while others suspect it as an electrical fault.

Chidamoyo is situated about 80 kilometres west of Karoi town and is run by Church of Christ.

It acted as one of the isolated health buffer zones for many rural Zimbabweans during pre and post independence era and stood the challenge of declining health system following the 2008 political, economical and social crisis that saw over 4000 people dying due to cholera epidemic.

The health facility assists patients from all over the country due to its reliable drug stocks while major public hospitals are battling to get cheapest drugs available for distressed patients.

Mashonaland West acting provincial medical director Doctor Gift Masocha confirmed that they are still yet to get the value of goods damaged.

‘’All I can tell you is that the institution was burnt to the ground as kitchen, laundry including washing machines, drug and cold rooms were all burnt. It is a trail of destruction and it’s a challenge to get everything in place as the damage was extensive. There is no electricity and no blankets, drugs to cater for them during these tough times’’ Doctor Masocha said in a telephone interview.

One villager, Thomas Maganda said some patients got temporal shelter at the business centre resulting in the death of one Mususa of Chigede village.

‘’The late Mususa was among those discharged and was given shelter at the business centre but he passed away and was buried at the weekend’’ said Maganda.

According to a junior officer, the hospital has 2000 patients on life prolonging HIV drugs, serving at least 70 000 people treating over 5000 patients monthly.

Doctor Masocha added, ‘’There are two full-time doctors and fully fledged staff compliment making it one of the best rural hospitals in the province. The fire has heavily affected us’’

There was no immediate police confirmation from provincial police spokesperson Inspector Clemency Mabgweazara at the time of writing.


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