Inmates at Ingutsheni Central Hospital in Bulawayo have received early Christmas gifts after the Rotary Club of Matopos donated an assortment of goods to the institution.

Receiving the donations on behalf of the hospital today, Ingutsheni Central Hospital Clinical Director, Dr Wellington Ranga said the institution was facing financial constraints which made it difficult to provide the required dietary needs for mental health patients.

Donated goods include meal-mealie, sugar beans, toiletries, rice and cooking oil.

“We are facing a lot of challenges as an institution. We have more than 650 mental patients and sometimes we cannot adequately feed them well. There is also shortage of drugs, so such donations will go a long way in supporting our efforts in providing healthy food for the patients,” he said.

Speaking to the ZBC News after handing over the donations, President of the Rotary Club of Matopos, Mrs Delight Majola Munenekwa urged citizens to stop discriminating and shunning people suffering from mental health illness.

“As community, there is need to stop discriminating people suffering from mental illness. This donation is gesture towards supporting the community as an organisation. After donating the goods, we planted fruit trees so that we mitigate climate change which causes drought,” Mrs Munenekwa said.

Ingutsheni Central Hospital was established in 1907 and has a bedding capacity over 700 patients at any given time.