Chivhu hosp opens special nursing school to deal with accidents



CHIVHU –  Chivhu District Hospital, located along a highway that records some of the country’s most horrendous road accidents is opening an Accident and Emergency School of Nursing the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr John Mangwiro has said.

Such a school will be the first of its kind in the country.

 Dr Mangwiro told The Mirror in an exclusive interview on Monday  that the school will equip the nurses with skills to deal with emergencies, accidents and special skills for ambulances.

The school which will have an enrolment of 20 student nurses  is expected to open its doors this month . The course which is like any other general nurse course on most of the modules is for three years.

The hospital has already placed adverts for tutors and space for lecture rooms and trainee nurses’ accommodation is being created from the current buildings at the hospital.

“We need trained personnel to deal with accidents when they occur. The Chivhu School of nursing will train nursing staff who are going to boost the ambulance and emergency services.

“Setting the school at Chivhu Hospital is strategic due to its proximity to Harare – Masvingo Highway where a lot of accidents have occurred. It is for that reason that we need to train nurses from this hospital so that they swiftly attend to victims,” said Dr Mangwiro who is also MP for Chikomba West Constituency.

The entry requirements to study at the school remain unchanged.

Mash East Provincial Medical Director Dr Paul Matsvimbo said they had increased nursing staff at the institution and advertised posts  for tutors.

“The programme is an important intervention against accidents. We need trained personnel to deal with such emergency situation. Teaching staff at the institution have been availed to start training,” he said.

However,  workers at the institution who requested anonymity complained that the programme was hurried. They said a lot needed to be done at the hospital before it is turned into a training institution.

They complained that some nurses and other staff including ambulance drivers were being removed from hospital houses to pave way for the students. This, they alleged, is happening without adequate notices.

The Mirror also established that there is no running water at the hospital.

“The hospital 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 are too small and they can only cater for less than ten students at a time. There is no furniture and accommodation for tutors,” said one of the workers.

Another employee said that the project was a campaign strategy by Dr Mangwiro ahead of the 2023 elections.

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