VICE PRESIDENT Dr Constantino Chiwenga has said Government will allocate funds in the 2022 national budget towards construction of a state-of-the-art provincial hospital in Gwanda as the country moves towards improving health care services in the country is line with the National Development Strategy (NDS1).
A piece of land has been set aside for the construction of the provincial hospital.
The project had been stalled by lack of funds. In the meantime, authorities have turned a hospital in Gwanda which is supposed to operate as a district hospital into Gwanda Provincial Hospital. The hospital is however, unable to serve the entire province as it has limited infrastructure.
As a result, many patients are referred to Bulawayo. Once complete, the new Gwanda Provincial Hospital will serve as a referral hospital for all eight hospitals in Matabeleland South province.
Speaking recently during a visit to Mater Dei Hospital, Dr Chiwenga, who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care said the planned provincial hospital in Gwanda will be the second hospital in Matabeleland region to accommodate all its workers onsite after Lupane Provincial Hospital which is under construction.
He said Government was committed to developing infrastructure at health facilities through provision of ideal workspace and accommodation for all health staff.
“The President is committed to improve working conditions for the health sector. We are continuing to build accommodation in all our towns and cities and in all our hospitals. Matabeleland will be the first region to get an all-encompassed hospital at Lupane Provincial Hospital,” he said.
“From there we will build a similar model in the form of Gwanda Provincial Hospital. Some funds will be allocated under the 2022 budget towards construction of Gwanda Provincial Hospital. Works are expected to start soon. This hospital will act as a referral hospital in Matabeleland South Province. This is being done in order to ensure that health care services in Matabeleland Region are improved.”
In an interview, Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister Abedinico Ncube said the hospital will bring relief to the province. “The hospital which the province is relying on at the moment is actually a district hospital. It doesn’t have the capacity to service the entire province. Land is available for construction of a bigger hospital and we are relieved that construction works will begin soon. The hospital will attract experienced staff and specialists,” he said.
“The hospital that is being used a provincial hospital has limited space and it can’t accommodate all the staff. We have been losing some doctors but now the situation will change.”
He said the new Gwanda Provincial Hospital will also benefit some parts of Midlands Province.