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AMI Harare Hospital, formerly known as Trauma Centre and Hospital, is set to reopen its doors next month at its upmarket facility in Belgravia, giving hope to many patients who used to rely on it for specialist treatment.

This comes as the Medical and Dental Practitioners’ Council of Zimbabwe (MDPCZ) meets today to finalise the licensing of the hospital which went through a protracted legal battle for some years.

AMI went through several court applications to regain the hospital after Dr Vivek Solanki of Autoband Investments had attempted to snatch it from the firm.

The Supreme Court put the case to rest in September last year by ordering the eviction of Dr Solanki from the facility and confirming AMI as its rightful owners.

AMI spokesperson Mr Peter Annesley said yesterday that they expected the hospital to re-open at the beginning of next month if they manage to receive thumps up from the concerned authorities.

Upon recovering the hospital from Dr Solanki, AMI found that a number of critical equipment was missing, which made it impossible to efficiently serve its clients and resulted in the temporary closure.

“All being well, the 1st of June 2015 is the target date for our opening,” said Mr Annesley. “Notwithstanding Autoband Investments (Dr Solanki’s company)’s effort to obstruct the execution of Streamsleigh Investment (AMI)’s Phase 1, management continues to follow due process of obtaining licences and permits from relevant authorities.”

In March last, AMI applied to MDPCZ for the licensing of the hospital to enable it to re-open.

“This was followed by hospital inspections by the City of Harare and the Health Professions Authority,” said Mr Annesley.

“Following the MDPCZ council meeting, Streamsleigh Investments’ medical doctors were called for an interview in mid-April 2015.

“Also in March 2014, Streamsleigh Investments’ medical team conducted interviews and followed the selection process to staff the hospital in anticipation of the planned opening.”

Upon taking over the hospital, AMI discovered that some items were missing, including vehicles, ambulances, trauma equipment and doors, while some equipment and systems had been vandalised.

This rendered the facility unoperational and AMI needed more time to sort things out.

There was also an abandoned electricity bill of more than $47 000 which needed to be settled.

Source : The Herald