water and sanitation rural 14.09.10.jpgRelatives with patients admitted at of the country’s major referral centres, Harare Central Hospital, have resorted to bringing water from home for both drinking and bathing as the institution has now gone for more than a fortnight without constant water supplies.

The most affected is the maternity wing due to the nature of procedures conducted in that unit.

Concerned relatives said there are now fears that a possible disease outbreak may occur due to the lack of running water.

“My wife is in the maternity wing….I have been told to bring her water from home. I do not know how I can be able to carry enough water that is required for the maternity procedures,” said one man.

Others lamented the distances they are travelling in order to bring supplies to their admitted relatives, while others said the hospital now has a heavy stench.

“It’s not easy to bring water from home ….some of us come from places far away from the hospital. The government should intervene as a matter of urgency,” lamented one woman.

Efforts to get a comment from the acting chief executive at the institution, Dr Vera were in vain as he was said to be out of office.

In a telephone interview, the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Douglas Mombeshora said the ministry was not aware of the water challenges at Harare hospital until Tuesday afternoon when the ministry was advised that normal supplies were expected to resume later in the day.

He said the ministry is now considering having two more boreholes sunk at the hospital to augment water supplies from the City of Harare.

Harare Central Hospital has been facing erratic water supplies for some time now and the challenge has been attributed to the City Council’s pumping capacity.