'Harare urgently needs two hospitals'

HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) requires two district hospitals to cater for the growing population in the capital, the local authority’s health director, Propser Chonzi, said.

He said while other provinces have at least three district hospitals, Harare must have one in Budiriro and preferably another in Stoneridge.

In an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Chonzi said while HCC has identified land in Budiriro for a district hospital, it requires nearly

$2 million for construction.

Currently, patients from council clinics are referred to Parirenyatwa and Harare Central hospitals.

“Because the city does not have a district hospital, patients referred to Harare Central and Parirenyatwa hospitals are competing for attention with patients from faraway. In the end, people wait in long queues for clinical and specialist services,” Chonzi said.

He said HCC’s health department anticipated disease outbreaks during the rainy season and most clinics were ill-equipped to deal with waterborne diseases.

“Our teams are ready in terms of surveillance and dealing with the first 100 cases of diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea and typhoid. If the numbers increase, then we will get help from the Health ministry. We have pre-placed drugs and drips which every clinic has stocked,” he said.

He said currently the city has little more than 1 000 nurses but Harare needs about triple the number to adequately deliver services.

The health director said he had approached the ministry of health and child care as well as HCC human capital director Cainos Chingombe for more staff.

Chonzi said because of the growing population, demand for the service has also grown together with changing disease profiles.

“What people do not realise is that the health delivery is a salient service which people do not see on the outside. Nurses are the ones who run the clinics and hospitals.

“They (nurses) administer medicines, clean the wards, provide testing and counselling services, compile statistics and also deliver the 3 000 babies every month. So their plates are full as everything is heaped on them,” he said.

In terms of salaries, Chonzi said the challenges in paying workers by the city has reduced moral among healthcare workers in his department.

He said as health personnel who have signed the Hippocratic Oath, and nurses pledge, they are obliged to work despite their salaries being five months in arrears.

Comments (1)

$2m to build a hospital or did I read that wrong? If Zim wasn't ruled by fossilized dinosaurs we would have attracted a lot of funding to construct at least 2 hospitals by now. A new state of the art hospital @ about 400 beds would be in the $200m range. I'm in that business so I know

Moe Syslack - 18 December 2016

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