PATIENTS in Plumtree can finally get X-rays done locally after a well-wisher purchased a licence for the district hospital’s machine which had been lying idle for the past two years.
All along, those needing to have an X-ray taken had to travel to Bulawayo since Plumtree District Hospital had no resources to buy the licence which costs US$2 000.
However, United Kingdom-based medical doctor Themba Bulle through his foundation and the help of the Plumtree Covid-19 Task Force and Plumtree Rotary Club donated the licence which is valid for the next two years.
Plumtree District Hospital senior nursing officer, Sikhumbuzo Ndlovu said the donation of the licence was really a shot in the arm for the institution.
“We are very grateful to the Covid-19 Task Force . . . Bulle and the Plumtree Rotary Club. The X-ray machine has not been working for the past two years. We are really excited to receive this donation. “We failed to get US$2 000 from our own coffers to buy the licence hence we have not been able to do digital X-rays for the past two years.
“We are a hospital and raising such an amount was difficult looking at day to day costs and other needs of the hospital. “We were referring all X-rays to Bulawayo and it was really costing families a lot of funds. This comes also as a relief to the patients and community, there is no more hustle of incurring other travelling costs to Bulawayo,” Ndlovu said.
Ndlovu said patients were travelling from as far Mambale which is 200km away from Plumtree and other areas to come to the hospital only to fail to get the required service. Some of them could not afford to proceed to Bulawayo for the services when they were referred there.
Losper Mpande, who was speaking on Bulle’s behalf, said they are still willing to do more for the hospital. “It’s an honour to have a donation being accepted. This is just one of the priority items that are on the list of the needs of the hospital after our previous needs’ assessment.
“We are still working to try source some of the things the hospital needs. We will keep trying to help, it’s not an event but a process and journey that we are going to travel together,” he said.