Salvation Army-run Tshelanyemba Hospital in Matobo District, Western Zimbabwe, received an anaesthetic machine and surgical led light.
The equipment is expected to reduce the number of referrals to overburdened Bulawayo hospitals.
The anaesthetic machine is used in all operations while the surgical led light is essential to provide different light colours during operations.
The machines valued at USD49,000 were donated by outgoing Salvation Army Territorial Commander, Commissioner, Vinece Chigariro, at a farewell ceremony held in Bulawayo recently.
Presenting the state-of-the-art equipment, Chigariro said it was part of the church’s vision to provide affordable and quality healthcare to all. “I am happy to be presenting these two machines to Tshelanyemba Hospital. And I am sure they will go a long way in saving lives of many in this part of the country. I would like to thank the church’s women’s ministries which raised money for these machines.”
In an acceptance speech, an official at the hospital, Major Edward Jeremiah, thanked Chigariro for the equipment. “We thank the Commisioner for the timely donation because our machines were outdated and we could not perform major operations at our institution. This will ease pressure on Mpilo Central Hospital, United Bulawayo Hospitals and [Catholic-run] Mater Dei where we used to refer patients.”