Mpilo Central Hospital has received 26 hospital beds through a donation by an international charity organisation.
Dumi International Aid (DIA), a charity committed to improving lives in the United Kingdom and Sub- Saharan Africa particularly Zimbabwe also donated 16 inflatable beds, pumps for the beds and repair equipment.
The consignment will be put in the hospital’s B6 ward, a male ward, which the organisation adopted.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, a representative of DIA, Ezra Sibanda said the donation comes after a request by Dr Solwayo Ngwenya, the former Chief Executive Officer at the hospital, in 2016.
“The special thanks go to South Warwickshire Hospital for their donation and partnership with Dumi International Aid in the United Kingdom, this hospital has extended a generous hand in terms of donation of hospital beds and technical advice,” said Sibanda.
Receiving the beds, Mpilo Hospital Chief Medical Officer, Dr Narcacius Dzwanga expressed gratitude to DIA.
“I am glad to be the one receiving these state-of-the-art beds, they are already positioned and in use. I am really impressed by the donation, all true often, sometimes we get donations of things that are non-functional which go straight to the junkyard but you can see for yourself that these are functional beds, state-of-the-art, things that you see in Europe and so forth, but here we are on this grand day, grand occasion receiving beds that match any other International hospital,” said Dr Dzvanga.
“We are truly grateful to Dumi International and I wish to convey my sincere thanks and gratitude to him as an individual and as the head of Mpilo Central Hospital.”
Dzvanga also appealed for assistance with “drug trolleys, wheelchairs, stretchers and bedside lockers for the patients, otherwise, this will become one of the best wards in the hospital.”
DIA has also been involved in many development projects in Matabeleland.
“Refurbishment and construction of a new classroom and administration blocks at Mapengani primary school. This was another special request made by Filabusi district in 2016.”
“Before then, DIA also provided school materials and tools, drilling of boreholes for clean water, creation of new communities for socially marginalised people, increased awareness of sexual health and HIV/ AIDS issues, and the major redevelopment of hospital ward B6 at Mpilo hospital,” said Sibanda.