The government has been implored to address the staff accommodation shortages faced at Gwanda Provincial Hospital as this tends to affect service delivery.

In an interview with the ZBC News, Gwanda Provincial Hospital’s medical superintendent Dr Pugie Chimberengwa said while significant strides have been made to improve service delivery at the referral centre, the institution is still grappling with the shortage of accommodation for its staff members.

Critical staff such as doctors and anaesthetists have been forced to seek accommodation outside the hospital a situation which compromises the institution’s operations particularly during emergencies, noted Dr Chimberengwa.

Dr Chimberengwa said despite these challenges, the health facility has recorded major successes which include reducing its debt from $2 million three years ago to $600 000.

Expectations are high that funds permitting the government will construct a new provincial hospital that will be able to adequately cater for the growing population as well as offer specialist services to the community.

Gwanda Municipality has already availed 27 hectares of land for the project.