Lovemore Kadzura Rusape Correspondent
RUSAPE General Hospital received a major boost last week after Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) donated medication worth $15 000 to compensate for what had been used during the Rusape bus disaster last year. The accident, which involved the Smart Express and Bolt Cutter buses, occurred about 10 km outside Rusape along the Mutare-Harare Highway, and claimed 49 lives.
The hospital admitted 81 people.
15 were deemed critical and transferred to Harare for specialised treatment.
The hospital was applauded over its response to the emergency since the accident occurred when the majority of the critical staff had gone home.
The medication was handed over last week with the medical superintendent Dr Stewart Karembo expressing gratitude over the TSCZ gesture, which he said will go a long way in alleviating the situation at the institution.
“We had 81 patients from the accident, and only two died before being allocated beds. 15 were critically injured and we transferred them to Harare. We used a lot of medicines in treating the injured patients and our medicines were drastically depleted.
“The gesture from TSCZ will certainly have a positive impact on the hospital given that at times we have difficulties in having constant medical supplies. Some of the supplies are critical for us to conduct surgical work in the theatre.
“We are also calling upon more well-wishers to come on board and partner the hospital. Our facility is now being outweighed by demand. The hospital handles a number of emergency cases emanating from accidents, but the facility we are using to handle such cases is now too small. We have a new outpatient facility that is about 70 percent complete and we cannot move in, hence our appeal to external partners to render assistance towards its completion,” said Dr Karembo.
TSCZ Manicaland regional manager Mr Claudius Muzuwa said the donation was part of TSCZ’s post-crash assistance programme. He also said the Rusape bus disaster was the deadliest in the country in 2018.
“We want to applaud the hospital staff for working assiduously to attend the injured victims in time. This assistance is part of our post-crash initiative,” said Mr Muzuwa.
Makoni Central MP Mr David Tekeshe said TSCZ gesture must be emulated by many as the hospital requires regular assistance to cope with increasing demand.
“Rusape General Hospital needs attention, especially medical supplies, to avoid a situation where patients are asked to buy medicine from pharmacies. TSCZ has done a good job, as the donated medicine will go a long way in saving lives in the district,” said Mr Tekeshe.