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Bad News Hospital Suspends Surgical Operations due to water challenges

THE United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) has for the second time this month suspended surgical operations due to water challenges.

In an interview yesterday, the hospital’s chief executive officer, Mrs Nonhlanhla Ndlovu, confirmed that surgical operations had to be shelved due to the water situation.

“Yes, over the weekend we had a challenge,” said Mrs Ndlovu, adding that normalcy has returned after council delivered water to the hospital.

“The City Council has brought us water so we have got water to use. We have a Jojo tank that we use and it is linked to the theatres.”

She said the water problem is a result of a faulty hospital water pump which is failing to pump enough water to its various departments.

Mrs Ndlovu said the Department of Public Works was fixing the water problem.

The water crisis at the hospital comes at a time when the BCC has implemented a water shedding programme.

The UBH is one of two principal referral centres for the Southern part of the country. The hospital also serves as one of the two referral centres for an urban Bulawayo population of about one million.

It is one of the six Central Hospitals in Zimbabwe, others being Mpilo, Ingutsheni, Harare, Chitungwiza, and Parirenyatwa.

UBH services Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, Matabeleland North and South Provinces, Masvingo and Midlands Provinces.

— Read more in the Chronicle

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