Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo went for three days without water due to burst pipes, posing a health hazard at the institution.
The hospital is one of the country’s major health referral centres, catering mainly for patients in Bulawayo, parts of Midlands, Masvingo, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South.
Sources at the hospitals told CITE that water supplies were cut off to most sections of the hospital on Wednesday and were only restored on Friday.
Mpilo Public Relations Officer, Sanelisiwe Nyamambi confirmed the development adding that water supplies have since been restored.
“There was a burst pipe at the Outpatients Department and at the kitchen. The city council only attended to it today and they subsequently reconnected our water. The whole hospital was affected by the water cut but now the situation has normalised,” said the source.
“We were getting water from the laundry department and from the boiler. We were also getting relief from the boreholes at the hospital. There are several taps connected to the borehole so those were our alternative sources of water.”
The Bulawayo City Council has often blamed the incessant pipe bursts on ageing infrastructure.