THE Avenues Clinic has donated an assortment of hospital equipment to Chipinge District Hospital as part of its corporate social responsibility drive.
By Michael Gwarisa
Equipment that was donated include 10 hospital beds, a theatre table, five baby cribs ,drug trolleys and emergency trolleys.
Speaking at the handover ceremony the Board Chairman, Mr James Maposa said the donation was mainly motivated by the need to better equip the hospital so that it can sustain the growing number of patients that it is now having to attend to.
When the cyclone hit, as a hospital we quickly jumped in to assist the best we could with medication, clothing, utensils and blankets through a team that we sent to access and assist with what we had round up at the time. Our initial reaction was that of addressing immediate needs.
“However, through our own assessment after the initial visit we saw a lot of gaps that only us in the healthcare sector could identify and fill.”
Chipinge district hospital is a 130bed hospital but at the height of the cyclone, the facility had to accommodate patients in excess of 150 which meant that the hospital facilities were stretched and some patients had to put up on mattresses thereby compromising the care that patients received.
Chipinge District hospital is one of the few healthcare facilities that was left standing after the devastating effects of Cyclone Idai which the country experienced in March this year.
Mr Kanyoka, the Chipinge Hospital Administrator who was part of the delegation receiving the donation on behalf of Chipinge district hospital expressed great appreciation to The Avenues Clinic for the gesture.
He indicated that the donation would go a long way in alleviating patient discomforts and opening a wider range of services which the hospital can offer because of the theatre table. Meanwhile, Mr Mukururu a victim of the Cyclone Idai also spoke during the The Avenues Clinic handover ceremony expressed gratitude to Avenues clinics at the height of the Cycloen idai.
Mr Makururu was critically injured when the cyclone hit, and he had to undergo surgery which The Avenues Clinic facilitated with the assistance of Mr Mageza an orthopaedic surgeon based in Harare. Giving his speech at the handover ceremony Mr Makururu could not hide the great appreciation he has for the hospital.
The Avenues Clinic offered to take him in and freely offered theatre facilities and all the medication needed for the major surgery, he had on his hip. He also ended by thanking the hospital for the continued support that it is rendering to the cyclone affected area.
The Avenues Clinic is Harare’s premium hospital which is the go-to facility for patients seeking private hospitalisation, advanced theatre facilities and critical care in the capital.