Zimra releases doctors’ equipment

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THE Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has released the equipment meant for training of Mpilo Central Hospital doctors and nurses which had been detained over non-payment of duty.

Mpilo chief executive officer Leonard Mabhandi confirmed that Zimra had seized the equipment, a development that had frustrated the on-going training programme on doctors and nurses.

Specialist renal medical practitioners from the International Society of Nephrology (ISN), headed by educational ambassador Nitin Kolhe are training seven doctors and 15 nurses on how to perform and interpret kidney biopsy, how to place a peritoneal dialysis catheter and how to perform peritoneal dialysis.

Zimra was demanding a deposit of £3 000 to release the equipment which includes a portable ultra sound machine, peritoneal dialysis catheters, renal biopsy, needles, sutures, suturing tray, and sterile packs.
Mabhandi said the training equipment was released following the processing of duty free certificates with Zimra.

“The machines have arrived at the hospital. They were delivered this (yesterday) morning and the training is proceeding. I spoke to the team and was advised that they reshuffled the programme as they could not proceed without the equipment,” Mabhandi said.

Kolhe had highlighted that he needed the equipment for training, adding that he could not proceed with some sessions without the equipment.

The hospital had said the training specialists were not aware the equipment needed to be cleared by customs.
Mpilo Hospital head of renal unit Shepherd Kajawo said after the training, the hospital would be able to offer peritoneal dialysis for kidney patients in the southern region. Mpilo is the second largest hospital in Zimbabwe after Parirenyatwa.

Zimra yesterday released equipment meant for renal treatment at Mpilo Hospital after a duty free certificate was processed.

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