First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa on Wednesday paid a surprise visit to Harare Central Hospital to get an appreciation of problems plaguing the health institution as well as to acquaint herself with its operations.
The purpose of my visit is to have an appreciation of the hospital’s operations. I am happy. I was impressed by the cordial patient-staff relationship and cleanliness in the hospital,” she added.
The central hospital, also known as Gomo, is the busiest hospital in Zimbabwe, offering services to over 1 200 in-patients and 900 out-patients/casualties daily.
The hospital has 22 wards in the general hospital, a large maternity hospital, a psychiatric unit, as well as a tropical diseases unit.
Apart from being the country’s First Lady, Amai Mnangagwa is also the National Assembly Member for Chirumanzu-Zibagwe constituency.
Throughout her tour of the hospital’s units, she consistently preached the message of hope and hard work.
She also urged mothers to take good care of their children as they were the future leaders.The First Lady visited the out-patients, paediatric, maternity and nursery units.
She concluded her tour at the transport section, where she was briefed about the serious perennial transport shortage for both patients and staff. “We only have two old ambulances which are not well-equipped to cater for our inter-hospital transfers.
The situation is bad. The other ambulances are down,” said the hospital’s chief executive, Ms Peggy Zvavamwe.“We also used to transport our staff home, but now we can only take them to the city because of our depleted fleet”. The Chronicle