Masvingo General Hospital is owed over $3 million in unpaid hospital bills, with officials at the medical institution saying this has led to the hospital in turn failing to pay service providers.

This comes as the hospital, which was built in 1896, needs an overhaul of its infrastructure.

The Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Cde Ezra Chadzamira and some government officials today visited the hospital to assess the situation.

The hospital’s Medical Superintendent, Dr Julius Chirengwa revealed the the hospital is currently owed over $3 million in hospital fees and in turn the institution owes service providers more than $600 000, thereby affecting service delivery.

“Apart from infrastructure, we are faced with problems in terms of drugs acquisition. We are not able to get all the supplies from Natpham, hence we then have to get supplies from the private sector and this puts us in a difficult situation,” he added.

After a tour of the hospital, the minister also met with staff working at the institution, who also highlighted challenges affecting service delivery.

Cde Chadzamira assured the staff and general public that he will prioritise the health sector.

He pledged to engage the business community and get funding partners for the institution.

Plans are underway to build a new hospital for the province and the land has already been availed by council.