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Rutendo Chitore
Medical Provincial Hospital Superintended, Dr Fragion Mashingaidze said the referral health institution requires more infrastructure to help it meet the increasing medical needs of the society it serves.
In an interview with TellZim News, Mashingaidze said the hospital was inadequately capacitated, and it needed more clinical labs and theatres if it were to operate more efficiently.
"Our laboratories are in need of proper refurbishment and clinical equipment to help us offer all services in line with pathological services that are needed.
"We also need more theatres space to cope with the increase in the number of specialists because we cannot do without enough facilities. My appeal is that our medical institutions such as our provincial hospital be upgraded for the betterment of work and services to our people," Dr Mashingaidze said.
He emphasised the need to upgrade facilities so that services can meet the standards expected of modern referral hospitals.
"The hospital you see was built in 1937 and there is no much improvement that was done ever since. So you can see how poor the facilities are.
"We are trying to maintain the infrastructure but much of it needs to be expanded to accommodate new requirements. Even our wards need expansion so that we deal with patients in an efficient way," he said.
Minister of State for Midlands Provincial Affairs, Owen Ncube earlier this year expressed disappointment over the poor state of medical facilities in the province, saying there was massive work that needed to be done to improve services.local

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