The Ministry of Health and Child Care has allocated $5 million towards the construction of a new district hospital for Umzingwane under the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP).

The current facility was an STI clinic established 55 years ago and condemned by the government in 2003.

Construction of a new district hospital will enable the institution to perform surgical operations, address the shortage of space and accommodation among other challenges, revealed the provincial medical director Dr Chipo Chikodzore.

“The hospital has been referring caesarian sections for example to institutions in Bulawayo and what this means is that Esigodini has been losing out on the results based fund programme were health facilities subsidise for deliveries or caesarian sections. These funds help institutions to improve service delivery,” she said.

Umzingwane constituency legislator Retired Brigadier General Levi Mayihlome said the district will launch fundraising initiatives to aid the speedy implementation of the project for the benefit of the local communities.

“We are also hoping that the Ministry of Lands will quickly handover the land that has been identified for construction to the Ministry of Local Government because if there are any delays in that process we may end up losing out,” he said.

Apart from Umzingwane Hospital, the province is also pushing for the construction of a bigger provincial hospital in Gwanda so that the current infrastructure becomes a district hospital.

Bulilima district which currently relies on Plumtree hospital is also looking up to government to allot funds towards the establishment of its own health institution.