Harare Central Hospital is set to resume training of Operating Theatre Nurses in January 2012, following the successful completion of the theatre renovation exercise.Harare Central Hospital stopped the training of operating theatre nurses in 2008 when the institutionâ€™s theatres were shut down due to obsolete equipment.
Speaking at the Harare Hospital 2011 Nurses and Midwives Graduation Ceremony held at a local hotel, the institutionâ€™s chief executive, Ms Peggy Zvavamwe said the theatres have now been renovated and state-of-the-art equipment installed.
Guest of honour at the graduation ceremony, Mr. Phillip Chiyangwa said the countryâ€™s health sector is faced with a number of challenges which cannot be left for the government to address on its own.
â€œIt is imperative for companies in the private sector to partner with government if the health sector is to be revived,â€ said Mr. Chiyangwa.
Harare hospital is one of the countryâ€™s oldest health institutions which serve the majority of referral cases.
However, most of the patients who seek treatment at the hospital are unable to pay for services rendered and the little that the hospital gets from user fees is failing to augment the allocation from treasury.
The 2011 Harare Hospital graduation saw 172 nurses graduating with Diplomas in General Nursing. 25 Midwives also graduated.