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    Soaring temperatures forces Beitbridge Hosp to stop blood tests


    From left to right Beitbridge District Medical Officer Dr Lenos Samhere, Beitbridge East MP Albert Nguluvhe and Senator Tambudzai Mohadi during the hospital tour.

    ELLEN MLAMBO
    BEITBRIDGE BUREAU

    BEITBRIDGE – Beitbridge District Hospital is being forced to do blood tests for patients during mornings only because soaring daily temperatures of up to 41 degrees Celcius is damaging blood samples.
    The newly elected MP for Beitbridge Albert, Nguluvhe was told during a tour of Beitbridge Hospital last Friday that blood samples change their properties when exposed to high temperatures and this makes it difficult to carry out accurate tests.
    Hospital staff said the situation was made worse by air conditioners at the hospital that are old and cannot regulate room temperature.
    Collecting blood from patients and testing the blood samples is done in the morning only before temperatures rise.
    Elphas Makondo, the laboratory scientist who led the tour of the laboratory said the process in which blood changes its properties is called hemolysis.
    Makondo said that the situation has left the hospital unable to attend to emergency situations where tests need to be done immediately.
    "We now take blood samples from patients and carry out tests very early in the morning. There is a crisis at Beitbridge Hospital as the laboratory air conditioners are down and need to be serviced or repaired," said Makondo.
     'The Hematology section is not working as we speak now," said Makondo. 
    The District Medical Officer Lenos Samhere also said the working space in the laboratory is too small. 
    Samhere also told the MP, Senator and gatherers of water problems at Chikwalakwala Rural Health Centre and critical staff accommodation shortages for example at Malape Health Post where employees are staying at a school and some are renting accommodation at nearby shops.
    He said the freeze on recruitments has left the hospital with critical staff sortages He said that nurses were doing cleaning work because there are no general hands. 
    Nguluvhe said he is going to meet all stakeholders in the district and get an understanding of the challenges faced by the district. He said he started with the hospital because of the cholera outbreak countrywide to check on the preparedness of the hospital if the disease gets to Beitbridge.

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