Nurses at Bulawayo’s Ingutsheni Hospital are reportedly walking to and from work because there is no transport to ferry them back and forth, the Daily News reports.
The matter came to light when the Ingutsheni Hospital acting CEO Nemache Mawere told touring health minister VP Constantino Chiwenga that:
We need more vehicles for our nurses. Sometimes when our nurses finish work, it’s always difficult for them to go home, but they continue coming to work even deciding to walk from town to here.
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In response, Vice President Chiwenga promised the mental health institution staff that the ministry would allocate more busses to them and said:
As we go back to Harare, I think in our kit we have some money, we shall provide you with buses for Ingutsheni Hospital Let’s provide these for the hospitals, but the first priority is the buses must come here then go to Mpilo Central Hospital and United Bulawayo Hospitals. Those buses will have to be bought. God forbid, we want those buses to be here by the end of this year.
When we go back to Harare, the minister of Transport will have to work with BCC. He should just make sure that roads are fixed and tarred. We have agencies such as the Zimbabwe National Road Administration, which can come and do that piece of road. Let’s make it a better place to live.
Another promise to the hospital staff was made by the local government minister July Moyo who was on tour with VP Chiwenga who also said:
I will talk to Zupco to allocate a bus for staff here. This hospital is outside town, as for the road I will discuss the issue with the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) to do something, I’m sure the minister of State (for Provincial Affairs and Devolution in Bulawayo, Judith Ncube) will also do the same
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