THE Ministry of Health and Childcare received US$2million from the Cabinet to repair a section of Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals gutted by fire on Saturday.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
Patients at Mbuya Nehanda Maternity Hospital, part of Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, were left in shock when the fire broke out, destroying part of the hospital’s theatre, some equipment, drugs and patients’ records.
At the weekly Cabinet media briefings, Health and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said an electrical fault in the building now inching 70 years caused the fire.
“Yes I can confirm there was a fire at Parirenyatwa which started in a storeroom which is adjacent to one of our theatres at Mbuya Nehanda Maternity Hospital. So naturally the theatre was affected. It will not be used until the repairs have been done. And this is due to electrical wiring. The building is from the 1950s so its old wiring,” Dr Moyo said.
Dr Moyo added that they hope to complete refurbishing the damaged part soon.
“We hope that we won’t take too long with all the teams assessing, in making sure they get working in ensuring that the theatres start working again,” he said.
He also said the obsolete Mbuya Nehanda Maternity Ward needs thorough renovation.
“But generally you will see that Mbuya Nehanda wants a total overhaul so we will start with what we have the US$2 million which is very good,” Dr Moyo.
He expressed gratitude to Cabinet for its desire to see the speedy recovery of the building by donating the money.
“We are very grateful for the US$2 million which was donated by Cabinet. Cabinet was very rapid. This is what I would call a rapid response to a problem. We appreciate the rapidity of cabinet in ensuring that the health of people especially maternity cases,” the Health Minister said.
There were no casualties though as staff and visitors at the hospital managed to evacuate babies and expecting mothers while the City Fire Department were also on the scene quite early.
The fire incident comes just a day after President Emmerson Mnangagwa visited the hospital on Friday during the national clean-up campaign, where he said there is a lot that needs to be fixed at the hospital.