President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday donated 2000 tonnes of coal to 5 hospitals in Matabeleland to be used by the hospitals for cooking and any other hospital operations which might require the use of coal, The Herald reports.
The donation was handed over by Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs Minister Richard Moyo who said:
It is my hope that this gesture by His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa is an assurance of the commitment by the New Dispensation to see efficiency in the health service delivery. I call upon all of us to take our collective responsibilities as hard-working people to achieve that.
While receiving the donation, Mpilo Hospital, which was one of the donation beneficiaries, CEO Dr Solwayo Ngwenya thanked the government and said coal is vital to their functions as a hospital:
Coal is quite a vital component of our function as a hospital and this will last us for the whole year. Coal is a life-saving commodity and we are grateful as we used to buy it from afar, we have been saved by the President.
Coal is vital in our operation as we use it for cooking, heating and running our laundry that we use for emergency operations. So, without coal the hospital can be crippled, operations can be suspended putting lives of people at risk hence coal is a vital commodity.
Here are the beneficiaries of the president’s donation according to the publication:
- Mpilo Central Hospital 800 tonnes
- Victoria Falls Hospital 400 tonnes
- St Luke’s Hospital 400 tonnes
- United Bulawayo Hospitals 200 tonnes
- Ingutsheni Central Hospital 200 tonnes
More: The Herald