Recently, the hospital held a donation handover ceremony at its main hospital where it donated hospital equipment to Chipinge District Hospital.
The equipment that was donated included ten(10) hospital beds, a theatre table, five(5) baby cribs ,drug trolleys and emergency trolleys. Speaking at the handover ceremony the Board Chairman Mr Maposa highlighted that the donation was mainly motivated by the need to better equip the hospital so that it can sustain the growing number of patients that it is now having to attend to.
Chipinge District hospital is one of the few healthcare facilities that was left standing after the devastating effects of Cyclone Idai which the country experienced in March this year.
Mr Maposa further indicated that, "When the cyclone hit, as a hospital we quickly jumped in to assist the best we could with medication, clothing, utensils and blankets through a team that we sent to access and assist with what we had round up at the time. Our initial reaction was that of addressing immediate needs. However, through our own assessment after the initial visit we saw a lot of gaps that only us in the healthcare sector could identify and fill."
Chipinge district hospital is a 130bed hospital but at the height of the cyclone the facility had to accommodate patients in excess of 150 which meant that the hospital facilities were stretched and some patients had to put up on mattresses thereby, compromising the care that patients received.
Mr Kanyoka, the Chipinge Hospital Administrator who was part of the delegation receiving the donation on behalf of Chipinge district hospital expressed great appreciation to The Avenues Clinic for the gesture. He indicated that the donation will surely go a long way in alleviating patient discomforts and opening a wider range of services which the hospital can offer because of the theatre table.
At the ceremony, there was also a patient who received assistance from The Avenues Clinic, Mr Makururu. Mr Makururu was critically injured when the cyclone hit, and he had to undergo surgery which The Avenues Clinic facilitated with the assistance of Mr Mageza an orthopaedic surgeon based in Harare.
Giving his speech at the handover ceremony Mr Makururu could not hide the great appreciation he has for the hospital. His narration of events managed to put everything into perspective from the time his mother's hut was hit by a mudslide to the point he woke up stranded on a platform and was tossed helplessly around banging against trees, bushes up to the time he had to be transferred from one hospital to another because of lack of facilities to help with the extent of injury.
Finally his rescue came when, The Avenues Clinic offered to take him in and freely offered theatre facilities and all the medication needed for the major surgery, he had on his hip. He also ended by thanking the hospital for the continued support that it is rendering to the cyclone affected area.
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