Bulawayo will soon have two state of the art hospitals, after two medical practitioners were offered land by the City Council to construct health centres.
Doctors D.T. Madondoro of Veronicare Health Private Limited and C.P. Mweyamweya of Shandrilla Investments were recently given permission by the local authority to commence their projects.
The two health centres situated in the high density suburbs of Luveve and Pumula will offer services such as maternity, a Trauma Centre, X-Ray and Ultra Sound, radiology, pharmacy, out patient and admissions among other services.
According to the latest council minutes, the health facilities will assist the community to gain easy access to a medical facility within their vicinity.
“We intend to build a Class C hospital at the site with 50-80 bed capacity with an accident and emergency department, maternity, radiology and then admissions. The project should commence as soon as the land is acquired and should be operational within a year.
“The hospital will cater for all residents of the city especially the western suburbs surrounding this area. We will strive to provide fast, affordable and quality healthcare for all residents. This project will also help to ease the pressure on the existing hospitals especially government hospitals, (Mpilo and UBH) and the City Council Clinic. We look forward to a favourable response as we strive to make healthcare better in this city,” wrote Dr Madondoro.
In response, council officials resolved that the piece of land measuring 2,000m2 be sold to Dr Madondoro for $10,000.00.
In a separate application, they resolved that the piece of land situated at Pumula South measuring 2.1 hectares be sold to Dr Mweyamweya for $27,500.00.
If the two hospitals come on board they will ease the pressure on government and council hospitals which are faced with shortage of drugs and essential equipment.
Another specialist hospital, Ekusileni Medical Centre, whose idea was conceived by the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo, is also expected to give a major boost to the country’s health system.