-Prostitutes to get preference
Chivhu– Chivhu General Hospital in Mashonaland East Province is set to open a school of nursing in January next year, Chikomba East MP, Dr John Mangwiro who is also the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care has said.
Mangwiro said the school will give first preference to sex workers who possess the requisite qualifications so that they are taken off the streets in order for them to live a decent life.
He said this last week on Thursday at Liebenberg High School where he was giving a vote of thanks after 200 sex workers from Chivhu received baking equipment and flour from the First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa who was represented by Zimbabwe Women Micro Finance Bank CEO, Dr Mandas Makarinda.
“There is a new development at Chivhu General Hospital. A school of nursing is going to be opened in January 2021 and I have been informed that preparations are at an advanced stage,” said Mangwiro.
He went on to say that some of the 200 former commercial sex workers below the age of 30 years and with good ‘O’ level passes would be assisted to enroll with this school of nursing as a way of helping them to attain better lives.
However, a worker at the Hospital who spoke to The Mirror on condition of anonymity as she is not authorized to speak to the media dismissed the announcement as a campaign gimmick by Mangwiro who is eying the position of secretary for health in the forthcoming Zanu PF DCC elections to be held anytime form now.
She pointed out that there is a lot that need to be done at the Hospital and that cannot be completed over the next two months and be able to open the school of nursing as envisaged by Mangwiro.
“We really welcome the idea of having a nursing school at Chivhu General Hospital, however, the project cannot be rushed since the infrastructure at the Hospital needs serious attention and some of it requires replacement and that requires a lot of money which was not budgeted for,” the woman said.
The Mirror also gathered that the Hospital has no running water which is key to a hygienic environment as well as hand washing especially with the outbreak of the lethal Coronavirus and prevention of other communicable diseases.
“The floors and the ceiling together with the water closets and hand washing facilities need urgent repair and the necessary plumbing works. The proposed lecture rooms can only cater for nine students at a time. There is no furniture and accommodation for tutors,” she added.