The week, Mpilo Central Hospital will be offering free plastic surgery to Bulawayo residents. This will be the first time that the procedures will done outside Harare. Mpilo Central Hospital Clinical Director Dr Solwayo Ngwenya said:
We managed to see about 40 patients and selected 15 for our first batch.
Professor Godfrey Muguti of the University of Zimbabwe Medical School who is also leading the surgeons said:
This service is in such huge demand and at the moment we are not coping. It is only done in Harare and people have to travel long distances from around the county to access it at the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals.
Funding is one of our major obstacles as it inhibits a lot of milestones to be reached with this project. Funding is required for development and expertise. Resources are needed to buy materials that are required for these procedures and our hospitals at the moment lack a lot of hospital material that should normally be readily available.
…This is for people who have suffered severe burns that resulted in deformities, road accidents, work related accidents, natural deformities and any abnormalities that require correction.