The health service delivery is expected to improve remarkably at Lukosi Hospital in Hwange following a donation of medical equipment worth $150 000 by a United States based organisation, ‘Matter’ in conjunction with a local company ‘Love for Africa’.
The donation is meant to compliment efforts by the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa in equipping public hospitals with various equipment across the country.
Lukosi Hospital in Hwange has been operating like any other district hospital, with limited equipment which cannot service the majority of the population.
A Victoria Falls based organisation Love for Africa teamed up with a United States based organisation, Matter then sourced and shipped anaesthetic equipment, office furniture, beds, wheelchairs, incubators and ultrasound scans among other equipment.
Matter president, Mr Quenton Marty said his organisation which has donated medical equipment in over 70 countries will continue to assist with medical equipment particularly for the treatment of women and children.
“What we have learned here working with the Catholic Church and all the partners is that these people really care they want some improvement so, i think we can go for a long a time for many years to come to make sure that the level of care here is sufficient to help as many people as possible. There’s a long distance to go to the nearest hospital so we should be able to treat all the cases here weather it’s a ceasarian section for a mother, or child birth or post natal care,” he said.
Managing director of Love for Africa Mr Blessing Munyenyiwa expressed gratitude to the government for facilitating the importation of the equipment duty free.
“I would like to thank one of our biggest partners in this venture, the government of Zimbabwe. Through their support we managed to bring in all the equipment without paying a cent as duty. We were not even charged for the weight so we really appreciate otherwise this donation would not have come through,” he said.
The equipment will enable the hospital to offer services such as ultrasound scans which were previously not available, notes Hwange district medical officer, Dr Wisdom Kurauone.
“This equipment is going to go a long way in providing the primary health care package for our villagers. One these people have to come to this hospital because they cannot afford to go to private facilities so for them to actually have this equipment, the beds the ultra sound-scan, it’s quite a plus for us,” he said.
The equipment will be maintained by the Department of Public Works and the donors.
Lukosi Hospital serves a community with seven clinics catering for a population of more than 10 000 people.
The hospital now needs to construct a theatre to carry out ceasarian sections since the major equipment required is now available.