Govt must act now on hospitals

HARARE - The sorry state of Binga District Hospital, which has closed all the wings and will only attend to maternal and emergency cases because of electricity and water shortages, is a huge indictment on the powers-that-be.

It really boggles the mind that 36 years after independence, Zimbabwe is calamitously descending into a huge abyss of nothingness and hopelessness, yet those who are supposed to preside over the nation are either busy fighting for political power or stealing from the poor.

As a country, we are at the crossroads and if we are to look at the state of our health facilities, we can only rule that the President Robert Mugabe regime does not care about the down-trodden at all.

We have covered it all, from nurses’ strikes, mental health facilities running out of essential drugs, to hospitals like Harare closing certain wings because of lack of resources, yet our government has not stirred a bit and continues to act as if everything is okay.

We all know that only a Muppet or a puppet living in cloud cuckoo land will believe the Zanu PF hogwash that all is well.

Things are anything but okay and Mugabe, who was shocked to see that children have been learning in pole and dagga classrooms in Marongwe — some rural outpost in impoverished Dande District — should stop pretending or expressing shock because most remote areas are in a similar state and face similar challenges.

That there are many students learning in pole and dagga classrooms or hospitals like Binga that have no essentials can only shock a person who lives a pampered life and receives medical treatment in Singapore.

Mugabe and his hangers-on should either shape up or ship out because they are holding this nation with so much potential at ransom.

Yearly, when we have our national paper budgets, there is always handsome commitments to the health sector yet somehow the money never trickles to hospitals such as Binga which are the only hope for the poor souls who live there and cannot access alternative treatment.

Things are bad and the signs of a banana republic in the making are so glaring to see that denialists in Zanu PF should just embrace the truth and hand over power.

Our health sector is in intensive care and Mugabe should not pretend to anymore. We need solutions to avert unnecessary loss lives.

Zimbabwe is faced with myriad problems that include severe cash and water shortages and we wonder what the situation is like for those people living in remote rural areas with crumbling facilities such as Binga.

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