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    Monday, 12 February 2018

    Patients fetch water from villages as crisis hits Gutu Hosp


    FELISTUS MUCHEKENYA

    GUTU – Perennial water problems have hit Gutu Mission Hospital, the biggest referral centre in the populous Gutu District forcing patients and their relatives to walk long distances into neighbouring villagers to fetch for the precious liquid.
    Sources told The Mirror that there have been persistent water problems at the Reformed Church of Zimbabwe-run hospital which is home to at least 100 nurses and other workers and has the capacity to hold 75 patients in its seven wards at any one time.
    A Mirror crew visited the hospital on Sunday and found general hands ferrying buckets of water into the wards using wheel chairs.
    Sources told The Mirror that those tasked to move heavy buckets of water are nurse aids who are not on salaries and they are frequently admitted at the hospital with back aches caused by the heavy loads they carry. When they fall ill they buy their own drugs, said the sources.
     Ironically there is always running water at the houses of top hospital managers including the matron, hospital administrator and the Pastor.
     Some nurses who declined to be named said the worst situation is in the maternity wing where extensive cleaning has to be carried out because of the large amount of blood lost during labour. Gutu Mission Hospital has a capacity of holding 25 expecting mothers at any one time.
    The hospital administrator Abiot Masinire said he is not authorised to comment and directed this reporter to Dr Edmore Zvidzai who said he had nothing to say when contacted for a comment by The Mirror.
    The Provincial Medical Director, Dr Amadeus Shamu was not picking his mobile phone  until the time of going to Press.
    The water crisis is caused by a fault in the pumping system and some sources told The Mirror that there was suspicion that the free agent currently responsible for maintenance work was not capable but was only being given the work because he had a deal with some officers in the administration.
    The nurses staying in the staff quarters and the trainee nurses also walk to the villages to fetch water.
    A health expert said that water was also stored in 200litre drums for days but this is unhealthy for consumption by patients.
    Ironically Gutu High School which is 200 metres away enjoys consistent water supplies.
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