via US$10m hospital on cards | The Herald October 29, 2013
Harare City Council plans to establish a US$10 million district hospital that will serve as a referral centre for patients from the city’s clinics.
City officials said yesterday that they had already identified three potential sites in Mbare, Kuwadzana and Mabvuku-Tafara. Director of Health Services Dr Prosper Chonzi said the initiative was part of a five-year plan that would result in an overhaul of the city’s health infrastructure as part of efforts at enhancing service delivery.
“We have submitted the plan to the Ministry of Health and Child Care and they have told us to give them the land from which construction will take place with the help of other stakeholders,” he said.
Patients in Harare depend on major referral centres such as Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals and Harare Central Hospital, a situation that puts pressure on the two centres that also receive patients from outside the city.
“As part of our five-year plan, we are also upgrading clinics as some can no longer service the growing population of residents and we intend to construct new clinics in previously unserviced areas like Hopley, Whitecliff and Hatcliffe,” said Dr Chonzi.
He said the city had already found financial partners to assist with mobile clinics that would be used to service communities as the new clinics undergo construction.