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HARARE Central government hospital has been forced to close two of its wards which have been rendered unusable by leaking roofs whose condition was worsened by recent rains.

So dire is the situation that staff at the government health institution has allowed its patients suffering from the infectious tuberculosis disease to occupy narrowing space with fellow patients with different ailments.

This was confirmed when NewZimbabwe.com visited the struggling hospital this week.

The crisis, it was observed, affected Wards B4 and C8.

Recent rains that pounded the capital left many patients exposed to leaking roofs while similar fears were expressed for other parts of the giant institution.

It emerged continued differences between hospital administrators and the board on who to contract to do the repairs on roofs and other parts of the hospital have delayed the repair process.

“Work could have started but the board and administration have their own choices of who should do the job, hence the delay but this is putting the lives of many patients at risk,” said a staff member who preferred to remain anonymous.

Harare Hospital CEO Ms Peggy Zvavamwe said the situation at the hospital was not as bad as it was being portrayed but admitted hospital renovations were required.

She said the hospital’s failure to recover a total $16 million debt from some of its long discharged patients has also affected what should be smooth operations at the hospital.

Ms Zvavamwe further said the current water crisis at the institution would be a thing of the past as an underground reservoir with a carrying capacity of 2.5 million litres was under construction.

“The new underground reservoir will definitely end our water woes because we already have other two working and by June, patients will definitely be getting unlimited water supplies,” she said.

Zvavamwe said she is not aware of any tender wrangles at the hospital and admits that some hospital sections, such as the maternity x-ray theatre and steam boilers face water shortages because they need water more than others, to be precise, 20 000 litres a day for their operations.

Meanwhile, doctors at the institution were rumoured to be planning a strike to protest the authorities’ continued failure to provide them with important “tools of the trade” to do their work.

The operating environment is so unreal for a hospital, it has been said, and the doctors virtually have to improvise in most cases.

Source : New Zimbabwe