$60m needed for Harare hospital

HARARE - At least $60 million is needed to renovate Harare Central Hospital following six decades of use, a Cabinet minister has revealed.

Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa said the money, when raised, could as well be used to build a new hospital as refurbishments prove equally costly.

“We did assessments for refurbishments, it is coming to almost $60 million because some walls need to be pulled down so that old piping can removed”,  Parirenyatwa said.

“For Harare hospital, we are saying it was built in the early 50’s for Africans. Take my word, for Africans! Kuti torai icho wakai chakadai-so.”

He was speaking on the sidelines of a University of Zimbabwe medical research function last Friday.

He added, “Now our children cannot continue to use such structures. We need user-friendly hospitals with big windows, nice floors kwete zviya zvekusvika unoona vanhu wakavharwa nemacurtain. I do not want that. So imagine all that, you might as well build a new one. We are now at the stage where we are saying, what is the estimate for a new hospital?

“Although the hospital is archaic, government will continue using it.

“But I am also saying we cannot destroy Harare hospital before we build another,” he added.

“Let us build first. I am simply saying let us look at 2020, 2030, 2040. We are looking at a vision.”

The hospital has 1 200 maternal, paediatric, psychiatric and medicinal patients’ beds. Most major hospitals in the country are overwhelmed. Lower level public institutions now largely refer patients due to lack of special expertise and equipment.


Comments (3)

Ok Cde Minister , show me a state-of-the-art Capital City hospital built by your African government, and i will show an Afri-can't imbecile Doctor. A the rate we are dying from lack of health care, most us will be dead by 2040! Lets look into the distant future for good health care, the man says! Unbelievable.

taps - 8 April 2014

what about mpilo hospital in bulawayo...basa kungofunga zvekuHarare chete as is zim is harare.the bulawayo hospital should save the sourthern region also.Itai tione.You must remember that we are all zimbos also.

popo9ii - 9 April 2014

One wonders who told him the cost to renovate the building, pure thumbsucking ipapa pane $40m yake nehurumende as consultation fees!!!Zanu yakawora, kunhuwa kuti kutu. Hanzi hospital for africans, imi dzimba dze Garikai/ Hlalani Kuhle are a health hazard!!!hameno pamwe ndiyo ZimAsset

Mohummed - 9 April 2014

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