MBERENGWA – The persistent water woes at Mnene Hospital have taken a turn for the worse, with residents complaining the little water the hospital receives now comes virtually untreated, thereby worsening the welfare of patients.
Mnene Hospital is the biggest referral hospital in Mberengwa district, servicing 35 clinics and four rural hospitals and used to be regarded highly as an epitome of excellence in the health services in the district.
Residents who spoke to this publication said conditions at the hospital were now horrible, with services fast deteriorating by the day.
"The water at the hospital is dirty. I wonder how they are operating under such conditions. We have been expecting some intervention to rescue the deplorable conditions there but nothing is being done. We now fear getting admitted at the hospital in case you get sick," said Taurai Shoko, a resident of Mberengwa.
Another concerned resident said people had become desperate and cannot afford to fall ill because they would be faced with unhealthy conditions at the hospital.
Other residents said they now prefer going to Zvishavane District Hospital where conditions seem to be a whole lot better because they have now totally lost faith in the once glorious Mnene.
The hospital's Medical Superintendent, Dr Nyasha Makura was not available when sought for a comment.
In 2011 the hospital was given money which was meant to rehabilitate the water and sewer systems but the money was reportedly misused with a string of corruption scandals which saw some top officials suspended.
The government 2014 granted US$13000 to the hospital for the refurbishment of its vandalised water system but nothing seems to have changed. The hospital draws its water from Diringindi Dam in Ngezi River.news