STANBIC Bank has purchased equipment to resuscitate operating procedures at the institution’s maternity maternity wing and also refurbished its recovery room at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital in an initiative to rescue the dire situation for expecting mothers.
By Patricia Mashiri
The initiative is part of Stanbic Bank’s Cooperate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative and aims to facilitate the growth and sustainable development of public health services in Zimbabwe.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Solomon Nyanhongo, Stanbic Bank Chief Executive (CEO) said the donation by Stanbic Bank was part of their flagship project called USIZO-RUYAMURO which was launched in 2019.
USIZO-RUYAMURO was launched at the reopening of the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe halfway house located at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital, where Stanbic Bank refurbished the facility. The flagship project seeks to support and facilitate the growth and sustainable development of public health services in Zimbabwe. Stanbic Bank also supported Sally Mugabe Central Hospital with a donation of analgesics in January 2019 which alleviated the shortages that were at the hospital at the time.
“It is at that donation in 2019, where hospital authorities alerted Stanbic representatives to the need for anaesthesia equipment for theatre 1 as only one of the two theatres were functioning. This situation was resulting in an increased number of still births and other avoidable maternity related complications. The hospital authorities also requested for the renovation of the recovery room which had a leaking roof, as this would help further reduce the lag time between patients coming in and out of the operating theatres,” Nyanhongo said.
He added that the bank was pleased to have been able to make such a donation during the COVID-19 pandemic which caused havoc not only in Zimbabwe but throughout the globe.
In her acceptance speech, Dr Musvo Mapfanyangira, Head of Division Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine said they were grateful for the donation as the Sally Mugabe Hospital kept on pushing for more donations since Stanbic Bank first donated drugs to the hospital in 2019.
“You started with us in 2019 you can with the drugs and we pushed further we said there are you able to do more and pushed your Cooperate Social responsibility and showed us your philanthropic side and you agreed to equip theatre number and we pushed a bit more and you showed us how big your heart is. I really want to say thank you very much. We all have a vision its about coming together and achieving it,” Mapfanyangira said.
The purchased equipment included an anaesthesia machine, suction pumps; conventional laryngoscope set; infant weighing scale; fluid warmer; IV pole; a surgical table, electro-surgical unit, an infant warmer; defibrillator; eco patient monitors; infusion pump and a patient monitor rolling stand.
The refurbishment exercise included fitting of two sets of double action doors; painting of walls, replacing Formica tops to wall edge protection, supplying and fitting cupboards and shelves.The Sluce Room’s white wash trough and leaking p-trap was removed and replaced while the mosaic tiles were replaced with new ceramic floor tiles. The Maternity theatre was fitted with a table, stainless steel rail and dropped poles for hanging drips.
The total amount of imported equipment amounted USD37000 and the refurbishment worth ZW$ 2 million, was pivotal in rescuing the dire situation for expecting mothers from across the Harare metropolitan Province and beyond.