- Zimplats upgrades Mhondoro Rural Hospital in US$1m project
In April 2023, Zimbabwe’s President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, officially commissioned the Mhondoro Rural Hospital following its US$1 million upgrade by Zimplats.
Zimplats delivered the upgrade project over two phases. The first phase involved constructing and equipping a new laundry facility, kitchen and mortuary, constructing modern outpatient ablution facilities, sinking a new borehole and installing reticulation to supply potable water to the hospital, refurbishing the hospital’s main building and maternity ward, and renovating an administration office. In the second phase, Zimplats constructed an operating theatre and accommodation for a doctor and two theatre assistants.
The hospital joined the long list of other healthcare facilities in the districts of Mhondoro-Ngezi and Chegutu that have been transformed by Zimplats as part of its efforts to promote community wellness — Kadoma General Hospital, Chegutu District Hospital, Selous Clinic, St Michael’s Mission Hospital, Turf Clinic and Danangwe Clinic, among others.
The project transformed the Mhondoro Rural Hospital, originally established in the early 1960s, into an all-encompassing health institution for the benefit of its immediate and nearby communities, leading to a Ministry of Health and Child Care pledge to deploy two doctors to the hospital, instead of the one doctor requested by the facility. Following the project, Mhondoro Rural Hospital now serves as the main referral centre for 13 clinics under its umbrella. Previously, patients needing caesarean sections and other surgery were referred to the more distant Chegutu District Hospital.
As a result of this investment, the Mhondoro Rural Hospital is now able to offer improved quality healthcare to a population of 9 000, while child mortality is expected to decline from 55 deaths per 1 000 live births to 20 deaths per 1 000 live births. The intervention will localise surgeries and reduce the number of referral cases to the district hospital by 85%. Before this intervention, an average of 65 surgical cases were referred to the district hospital monthly. The upgrade also adds to the stock of quality healthcare infrastructure in the province, while creating new employment opportunities.
As with all projects undertaken by Zimplats, companies under its local enterprises development programme were the major construction and equipment partners. The project also promoted rural industrialisation, ensuring that wealth continues to circulate within adjacent communities, especially through job creation.