Rural health care training institutions are faced with challenges in accessing information from the super highway in an era where the internet has revolutionised communities.
This came out at Mnene Mission Hospital (MMH) during a donation extended by Rotary Club International.
In an era where the click of a button can deliver useful information from the super highway, training of health care personnel has been a mammoth task for nurse training institutions like MMH in Mberengwa owing to poor network connection.
Mnene Mission Hospital School of Training Tutor Ms Juliet Siangwale says they are facing internet connectivity challenges in their everyday quest to deliver quality tutorials for their students undertaking midwifery and improve skills training courses at the biggest referral centre.
“We have been training health personnel since 2012 and our main challenge has been internet connectivity for us to effectively produce well trained personnel,” said Siangwale.
A group of professionals by the name Rotary Club International has been helpful in responding to calls to assist needy communities and on Thursday saw the group’s Avondale branch donate a consignment of 115 textbooks to Mnene Mission Hospital to help capacitate health care personnel.
Midwifery student Thandiwe Masuku and Mnene Hospital Health Care Services Coordinator Mr Philip Ndlovu concurred the donation will not only be an inheritance to the hospital but a benefit to the local community.
The Rotary Club, which has been on a nationwide donation to health centres, says it believes empowerment of health care personnel will translate to an improved health care system.
“We believe in the adage that education is the root for every profession, hence are here to extend a hand,” said Rotary Club of Avondale Member, Advocate Taona Sibanda.
Mnene Medical Superitendent Dr Nyasha Makhura hailed the donation saying it will not only assist learners but it will remain a community inheritance.
“We are grateful to the donation,” said Dr Makhura
The donation marks the fourth extended by the rotary club to the health care training institution which has also lowered its training enrolment to 35 students following a government freeze.