MASVINGO – Masvingo Provincial Hospital got a shot in the arm yesterday (April 23) after Higher Life Foundation donated maternity equipment worth more than US$20 000 to its maternity unit.
The donated equipment included the basic equipment namely the Blood Pressure (BP) checking machine and Fetal Dopplers among others.
Also included were critical care equipment that include CPAP Machine, Ultra Sound Machine, Multi Parameter Monitor Machine, Vacuum extraction Machine and Neo-Natal Resuscitation Kits.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Higher Life Foundation head of health department Ronald Nyabereka said the donation was a reaction to the calls for help by the hospital authorities.
He said they were rendering aid in form of equipment to five Central Hospitals and three Provincial Hospitals.
“We came here with the equipment after the hospital requested that we help them in this regard and we were answering to their call.
“We are supporting them through both the equipment and training which we are giving to the doctors and the midwives. The training will be done by our partner Mars,” said Nyabereka.
He said the donation was just the beginning saying if the hospital requests for other things with resources permitting they would rise to the occasion.
Nyabereka said they were not only leaving the donation and end there, but will go on to train the handlers and repair the equipment in cases of malfunction and regular maintenance.
“We are not ending by leaving this equipment, we are responsible for the user training of the staff who are going to be using the equipment and maintenance in case of a breakdown,” said Nyabereka.
He said the maternal and child health care programme was necessitated by a number of media reports about the maternal mortality cases and this prompted Higher Life patrons Strive and Tsitsi Masiiwa to share the story with their partners at ELMA Foundation resulting in the formation of maternal health projects.
Masvingo Provincial Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Noel Zulu said he was more than happy to receive the donation saying it was going a long way to improve maternal health care at the province’s largest referral hospital.
“We are very happy with this gesture as it is going to make our work easier here. With this equipment we will be able to deal with special cases and there will be no need to refer patients to Harare as we would be able to handle most of the emergencies here,” said Dr Zulu.
He went on to appeal to the corporate world to come in and make donations in various departments of the hospital.
“This donation will help us a lot but will not meet the all our requirements, so we will continue knocking on Higher Life’s door for more support.
“I also call upon other organizations and individuals who has the means to come and help us improve our hospital standards,” said Dr Zulu.