Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo has received a consignment of medical equipment from Citus Lator, a trust formed by eight doctors in partnership with Rotary International DAK Foundation.
The equipment includes four oxygen analyzers and 15 vital signs monitors.
Citus Lator is a Trust which seeks to bring in modern IT solutions and other solutions to maternal and adolescence reproductive health challenges.
Speaking during the handover of the equipment, Thursday, one of the founders of Citus Lator, Dr Hardlife Ranganai said the equipment is going to assist the hospital in treating its patients.
“The vital monitors are there to measure the vitals of life, we are also talking about the saturation, saturation we are measuring how your patience’s oxygen, patients that may be asthmatic, heart failure or maternity patience even Covid-19 patience even though we are not a covid-19 center but they may need to monitor how it is transferred.
“The oxygen concentrators, their main work is to measure the amount of oxygen that is being delivered to the patient, the analyzer will tell you how much oxygen the patient is getting and then you can actually calculate the measurement.
“There are also extension cables to meet the local adapters, they can be used on other monitors, they actually gave us more than the number of the monitors that we have,” he said
Receiving the donation, Mpilo Hospital acting chief executive officer Professor Solwayo Ngwenya said the equipment will assist in reducing the infant mortality rate.
“The equipment that we are receiving here is life saving and I would like thank Dr Ranganai and Citus Lator and DAK Foundation, you saw our commitment in reducing child mortality rate,” said Professor Ngwenya.
“The equipment that you have sent to the hospital is quite durable and lifesaving and it costs a lot of money because 15 monitors is not very cheap. In view of Covid, this is going to go a long way in treating patients and saving lives, and we want to warn the public that Covid –19 hasn’t gone away.”
Meanwhile, Bulawayo City Council Deputy Mayor, Councilor Mlandu Ncube said the donation will be put to good use.