via Parirenyatwa condemns hospital – DailyNews Live by Bernard Chiketo 3 NOVEMBER 2013
The minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr David Parirenyatwa and the special advisor to the President, Timothy Stamps have condemned Sakubva District Hospital’s Psychiatric Unit following their tour of the place in a belated World Mental Health Day last Friday.
Parirenyatwa was taken on tour of the Psychiatric Unit as a prelude to the national World Mental Health Day belated commemorations running under the theme “Mental Health and Older Adults.”
Parirenyatwa said the tour was meant “to show us that the province doesn’t have a psychiatric hospital” adding that he and Stamps had arrived at a quick decision to condemn it after the tour of the rundown unit.
“Tawirirana (we agree) that this building is condemned… during the tour Dr Stamps just shook his head and said there is nothing here,” he said.
The psychiatric unit is currently housed in a dilapidated building, with a dingy holding cell that the minister referred to as a prison during the tour.
“This is a prison,” Parirenyatwa said on entry into the cell.
The facility is on lease from Mutare City Council and has only been working without patients and referring any clients who needed admission to Harare Central Hospital.
During an extended tour of the maternity section of the hospital which was in apt order, Stamps was still wondering what had hit him saying he was depressed by what he had seen.
“There was a lot of money that was provided for psychiatric care after the war,” Stamps added.
“This is a non-starter,” Parirenyatwa said after the tour with Stamps adding that “this should be a museum of what the Rhodesians did to us.”
“We are going to look again and relocate to where they will be recreational facilities,” Parirenyatwa said.
The Health minister called for more resources from treasury towards his ministry.
“Let’s all sing the same tune that we need more money for the health sector,” he said.
Sakubva District Health Services administrator, Gracious Matongo and the hospital’s Grade 3 Matron, Sheila Chimbetete took the minister’s decision positively saying it would help get government attention.
“There are no partners supporting mental health delivery system,” Matongo said.
Chimbetete also said the psychiatric unit was also routinely being crippled by “essential anti-psychotic drug shortages.”
During his key address, the Health minister also acknowledged critical shortages of antipsychotic and cancer medications an area he pledged to improve.
“I don’t see how we can continue to neglect these two areas, psychiatric and cancer drugs. We know they are expensive but its government’s responsibility,” the minister said.
Parirenyatwa urged younger generations to take greater care of their aging parents and not to “dump” them in old people’s homes especially when they have mental health problems.
“Haikona kuti ndafinhikana saka ndakumuendesa kuold people’s home (Let us not say l’m fed up so l’m taking them to an old people’s home). Let’s look after our old parents especially if they have a mental disorder… if they have a disorder try to get them treated early,” the minister said.
Parirenyatwa said “global statistics indicate that about 20 percent of adults aged 55 years and above suffer from a mental disorder.”
World Health Organisation Disease Prevention and Control Officer, Lincoln Charimari in an address he read on behalf of WHO Zimbabwe Representative David Okello noted that “In the African Region, the population of elderly people was estimated at 43 million in 2010 and it is projected to reach 67 million by 2025 and 163 million by 2050.”
“Due to the significant gain in life expectancy, a growing number of people are now elderly and face an increased risk of chronic diseases including mental health conditions and disabilities. Dementia, depression and anxiety are some of the mental health problems that older adults face and can often cause severe dependency,” Okello said.
Parirenyatwa also made donations to Zororo Old People’s Home, four primary schools and nine elderly persons present.
Was any monies allocated to this institution, and if so, what happened to it? If stolen, is anybody going to be charged?
” dr ” parish should be admitted to this place to be mentally examined
Ki ki ki, after whc war doctors? How long has stamps administered health? He has not even heard rumours of poor health in zimbabwe? Poor you guys, go and condemn parirenyatwa hospital and the man living in the state house as well
My dear Docs, it’s fit to be a “Museum” but all these dozens of years where have you been?
Ndoo pamaakuda mari nhasi? What an insult to our intelligence!
What is wrong is Zanu PF stole the elections, Zimbabwe would have been on the mend by now. Is it possible to rig reality?
Parirenyatwa was a minister of health for the past 10 years before MDCs’s 4 years, now to appear like a virgin in the ministery and the state of affairs in government hosiptal is serious mischieve and deceptive of highest order which must be condemned.
Halala halal.Talk of the Minister of Health of more than 10 years!!!!!!!!!!! You did not know for real? The last serious Health Minister , Doctor Hebert Ushewokunze at one point put on an overall, gumboots and went to a reported daily hospital which was notorious for incompetence.He was treated badly and within minutes heads had rolled there.That was action man .But as usual ZANU PF does not like competent people, he was discarded.Parirenyatwa must know that providing health is not buildings.In rural areas mobile clinics used to visit aged ones but ZANU PF stopped the Mission hospitals.They continue interfering in smoothly run mission hospitals like Howard, Karanda ,Matibi in Masvingo, Driefontein ,the list is endless.But lets hope we are going to have a better healthy Zimbabwe one day
Doctors dismayed. The electorate is perplexed to know how health professionals lie with such abandon. Stamps as the former health leader and Parirenyatwa a recycled cadre, should know when the hospitals became dysfunctional, when the Zanu pf gvt went on the les pillages soon after attaining power. Now visit any rural clinic where Mugabe’s vote is allegedly coming from, please don’t lie when asked for a bite by our partisan broadcaster. You visited the institution with a forgone conclusion that its not uncommon to find a health centre with obsolete equipment and make-up smile staff.
Put all Zanoids there and then the worst can go from there to the snakepit in New Chikirubi