Howard Mission Hospital in Chiweshe, Mashonaland Central province, got a shot in the arm after it received a consignment of medical supplies courtesy of a non-governmental organisation Health Partners International from Canada.

Medication and equipment including analgesics, antidepressants, hypertensive and diabetic drugs, oxygen concentrator and hospital beds are among the goods received valued over US$50 000 and expected to cushion the hospital’s operations this year.

The Salvation Army Territorial Social and Medical Secretary Lieutenant Colonel Henry Chitanda applauded the benefactor and government for coordinating the process to make the availability of the medication possible.

“We are grateful to God that during these difficult times we have friends who have remembered our needs. We are also grateful to our government for making it possible by giving The Salvation Army a rebate in the acquisition of such important things…we don’t take this for granted,” said Lieutenant Colonel Chitanda.

A doctor from the hospital, Dr Nyasha Kupa revealed that the institution has been operating as normal during the month-long doctors industrial action, but the absence of necessities was a drawback.

“We are happy now that we are going to be resuming normal services to our community. Erratic drug supplies have been a major challenge…..,” he said.

Dr Kupa added that the hospital is being let down by poor electricity supply which has seen the facility being plunged in darkness for over 5 nights and this has greatly affected operations.

Howard hospital’s geographical positioning has turned it into an all-encompassing facility and it receives over 3 000 patients per month, a figure that increased over the past month.