Parirenyatwa moves to end water shortages
PARIRENYATWA Group of Hospitals, which has been grappling with water challenges for some time, is working with the District Development Fund to drill more boreholes to ensure a continued supply of potable water at the national referral health centre.
This comes at a time when the entire world is fighting coronavirus (Covid-19), a disease which can be contained by practicing high levels of hygiene in which the continued supply of safe water is central.
“The hospital largely relies on its 2,5 million-litre reservoir with the capacity to supply the whole hospital for three consecutive days without council water…
“The hospital is currently working with DDF to drill more boreholes to ensure the continued supply of water,” Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals public relations officer Linos Dhire said.
Coronavirus has killed at least 17 000 people while infecting over 500 000 worldwide since its outbreak in Wuhan, China in December last year.
Zimbabwe has to date recorded one death from the three confirmed coronavirus cases following the death of socialite and broadcaster Zororo Makamba at Wilkins Hospital on Monday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the City of Harare — together with its developmental partners — have embarked on a programme to provide dry suburbs with clean water through the installation of solar-powered boreholes and opening a water kiosk in Budiriro where residents have gone for months without running water.
The water kiosk, which is solar-powered and uses smart card technology, was designed to benefit at least 1 000 households with clean and safe water.
However, unlike traditional community boreholes, residents have to pay a fee — through the use of a tap card — to access the precious liquid.
“We are happy that now we have clean and safe water. It is affordable.
“We are paying $40 for 400 litres, which is fair,” Anne Masango, a Budiriro resident, said.
Anna Chizanga, another resident said they use the water mainly for drinking and cooking purposes.
The kiosk — constructed by Unicef, Oxfam and UNDP — was handed over to Council on behalf of the user community with others expected to be opened in other dry suburbs of the capital like Mabvuku, Tafara and Msasa Park among others.
The facility has a filtration, chlorine system and the water is tested for microbial and biological composition.
Oxfam country director Mirjam Van Dorssen confirmed that the water is safe.