US$80 000 solar system lies idle at Chivhu Hospital



CHIVHU – Chivhu District Hospital authorities have come under fire for keeping 124 donated solar panels idle at a time when the institution has been suffering power shortages.

The solar system with a value of over US$80 000 was donated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) three years ago and they have a capacity to electrify the whole hospital.

Ironically, the hospital which has been frequently criticized for poor management has opened a special nursing school, the Accident and Emergency Nursing School.

The system was donated with the aim of supplying power to the hospital.

There are allegations that the funds to complete the project were abused.

Sources said power shortages at the hospital affected the mortuary, laboratory, theatre and CSSD departments and patients had to be referred to Gutu, Murambinda, Driefontein and other hospitals for services.

Chivhu District medical officer (DMO) Dr Ignatius Mahachi declined to comment when The Mirror called him on the phone.

The Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care Dr John Mangwiro who is also an MP in the same district referred all questions to hospital authorities in the planning department.

However, Frank Chiku who is the director for hospital planning said the completion of the project was stalled because of some parts which could not be immediately obtained. He said the project will be completed soon.

“The project will be completed soon. This will happen in a very short space of time. There will be a handover ceremony after that.

“We are waiting for a few materials and the whole project is still in the hands of donors. Some sections of the hospital have been connected,” said Chiku.

A villager from Mavisi resettlement area Tinashe Sango accused the hospital authority of lethargy.

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