Gweru provincial hospital is set to open its intensive care unit (ICU) in two weeks time following the installation of ventilators that have been delaying the opening of the critical facility.

As the hospital continues to provide health care for the Gweru community and the Midlands Province at large, the hospital medical superintendent, Dr Fabian Mashingaidze said the ventilators that have been stalling the opening of ICU have been delivered from Switzerland   and installation completed  and they are satisfied with the new machines.

The hospital has been operating without an ICU, referring critically ill patients to either Bulawayo or Harare.

Dr Mashingaidze said the transportation of critically ill these patients is very risky and at times it has resulted in unnecessary loss of life which could have been avoided if the hospital had the ICU facility.

He said most of their referrals to central hospitals have been caused by lack of the ICU and the new facility will reduce referrals to central hospitals.

The ICU caters for patients in life threatening illnesses and injuries such as trauma and organ failure which require close monitoring and support from specialists equipment.