The PM pledged to speed up the process of rehabilitating health institutions after touring the two health institutions. Mpilo is one of the country’s major referral hospitals.
At Mpilo Hospital Mr Tsvangirai was informed about the shortage of staff, equipment being outdated and shortage of coal used to fire up the boiler-room in the hospital’s laundry room.
The PM was told that the equipment currently being used is a semi-manual operated machine that was donated by the German government in the early 1980s and in order to operate it to full capacity the machine needs spare parts that are valued at around US$10 million.
The laundry at Mpilo Hospital has the capacity to handle linen from all hospitals in the Matabeleland region but is currently operating below 20% capacity.
Mr Tsvangirai promised to look into the issue but could not be persuaded into giving a time-frame.
He also promised to look into the issue of the shortage of beds after observing patients sleeping on the floor.
The PM’s surprise visit to the two health institutions attracted multitudes from across the political divide, a sign of Zimbabweans embracing the inclusive government.