An appeal has been made to the Ministry of Health and Child Care to help address the water and electricity challenges faced by Matobo district hospital as erratic supplies are affecting service delivery.

Communities in Matobo and parts of Gwanda rely on the district hospital for health care services but the critical institution is dogged by a number of challenges which have compromised service delivery.

Matobo legislator Cde Rosy Mpofu expressed concern over erratic water and electricity supplies at the hospital saying there is need for the government to help tackle the challenges with expediency.

“Due to the electricity problems faced at the hospital nurses are sometimes forced to use candles and torches which is not an ideal situation. Some dead bodies tend to go bad at the hospital’s mortuary owing to this electricity problem,” said Cde Mpofu.

On a positive note, the district has made significant strides in the provision of health services, with construction of a several health centres currently underway.

These facilities include Ndabankulu, Silozwi, Malaba, and Sigangatsha which are at various stages of construction.

Matobo Rural District Council authorities say this is being done in line with its strategic plan which mandates council to have at least one health centre per ward by 2020.