Morgenster Mission Hospital in Masvingo is facing acute financial challenges following the pulling out of donors in 2015.

This has affected operations at the institution with authorities appealing for assistance.

Morgenster hospital offers its services to rural communities in Masvingo, and also serves as a referral centre for patients from other provinces.

The medical institution is, however, being adversely affected due to cash constraints.

According to the Medical Superintendent Dr Tafadzwa Muchengwa, following the pulling out of donors in 2015, they are living from hand to mouth.

The hospital is currently operating with a budget of between US$150 000 and US$200 000 against the required US$500 000.

“Historically, this institution used to get funding from donors in Netherlands. But since the donors pulled out we are now relying on what patients pay. Most of the patients can barely afford to pay the fees anyway,” said Dr Muchengwa.

Dr Muchengwa says the institution also has been handed over to debt collectors for its electricity bill which is over US$42 000. 

The hospital also owes council US$22 000 for the water bill.

The institution’s infrastructure also requires a major facelift.