Following the fire that gutted St Luke’s Hospital, some major services have been affected forcing patients to make the long route to Bulawayo for treatment.

The hospital’s Acting Medical Superintendent, Dr Nigel Katandawa who was present during the incident narrated that after the fire was noticed, failure by the Lupane fire brigade to attend to the scene was the major challenge as they had to wait for help from Bulawayo which is 135km away.

Major services such as the cervical cancer screening have now been forced to shut down with patients having to go to Bulawayo to be treated.

Other affected parts include the Post Natal Care Clinic and Family Planning Services, nutritional supplements for children with malnutrition area while all vaccinations for eight child killer diseases were also lost.

Dr Katandawa revealed that they have since set up some makeshift facilities to attend to some of the patients.

Minister of State for Matabeleland North Province, Honourable Richard Moyo and the Zanu PF Secretary for Administration, Dr Obert Mpofu toured the hospital to access the extent of the damage.

St Lukes’s District Hospital has been acting as a pseudo provincial for Matabeleland North and has been catering for a number of patients.