Bulawayo’s Mpilo Central Hospital has celebrated 60 years of existence since its official opening on the 14th of August 1958.

Speaking at the celebrations, the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Obediah Moyo said the government is working towards improving the health care delivery service in the country.

Dr Moyo added that there is need to rehabilitate the hospital so that it becomes one of the best referral health care institutions in the country.

“With the new dispensation ushered in, we want a health care system that will offer good services in the country. We want to have a health care service where health services are provided locally. A better system for the people of Matabeleland must be put in place,” he said.

The establishment of the hospital was mooted as far back as the late 1940s soon after the cessation of hostilities in World War 2 and by August 1950, the Impilo Native Maternity Hospital came into operation as a referral hospital comprising of seven departments.

The location of Mpilo Central Hospital was in accordance with racial prejudices of the time.

Present at the celebrations was Dolyanna Mahlangu, who was one of the first black nurses to work at the institution in the early 1960s.