Byo nurses walk to work

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Jeffrey Muvundusi

in BULAWAYO

NURSES at Ingutsheni Central Hospital are walking to and from work as there is no transport to ferry them.

This was revealed recently by the mental institution’s acting chief executive officer, Nemache Mawere, while briefing visiting Vice President and also Health minister Constantino Chiwenga on problems facing the mental health facility.

“We need more vehicles for our nurses. Sometimes when our nurses finish work, it’s always difficult for them to go home, but they continue coming to work even deciding to walk from town to here,” said Mawere.

He added that the health workers needed small and big buses.

Mawere further said roads leading to the hospital were bad.

After getting the briefing, Local Government minister July Moyo, who was part of Chiwenga’s entourage, promised to engage the government-owned Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco) over the issue.

“I will talk to Zupco to allocate a bus for staff here. This hospital is outside town, as for the road I will discuss the issue with the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) to do something, I’m sure the minister of State (for Provincial Affairs and Devolution in Bulawayo, Judith Ncube) will also do the same,” Moyo said.

Chiwenga, on his part, said the government will procure buses to ply the Ingutsheni route.

“As we go back to Harare, I think in our kit we have some money, we shall provide you with buses for Ingutsheni.

“Let’s provide these for the hospitals, but the first priority is the buses must come here then go to Mpilo Central Hospital and United Bulawayo Hospitals. Those buses will have to be bought. God forbid, we want those buses to be here by the end of this year,” Chiwenga said.

He added that he will engage Transport minister Biggie Matiza over the poor roads.

“When we go back to Harare, the minister of Transport will have to work with BCC. He should just make sure that roads are fixed and tarred. We have agencies such as the Zimbabwe National Road Administration, which can come and do that piece of road. Let’s make it a better place to live,” Chiwenga said.

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