Growing concern has been raised over the Tsholotsho Hospital sewer system which is a potential health hazard in the current times of primitive diseases’ outbreak.
The Health Medical Officer Dr Ntombiyakogasa Sithole has reached out to the stakeholders of the Tsholotsho rural district on the state of the hospital sewer system.
The District Environmental Officer Fundani Sibanda said the situation has led to closure of hospital toilets, sanitary and disposal systems leading to the use of risky alternatives in times of the cholera outbreak.
“Currently, we have been resorting to blair toilets. We have constructed the out-patients and waiting mothers blair toilets. Due to large volumes of patients the blair toilets cannot last long for our patients. The situation is generally not safe for our clients and workers,” said Sibanda.
Health workers are exposed to challenges such as helping patients to walk to the blair toilets. They are also at risk when disposing infectious waste at a distance approximately 70 metres.
“There are some bed-ridden patients where nurses are forced to take them to the blair toilet which is a very serious situation when it comes to infection control. So we have engaged our local authority, the Tsholotsho Rural District Council as well as the Civil Protection Committee. We have tried to source for funding at national level to resuscitate our sewer systems,” Sibanda added.
A meeting was held at the council’s conference room with the district’s major stakeholders where contributions and donations were made to temporarily construct a septic tank to tackle the hospital sewer system challenge.