By ZBC Reporter
The first free orthopaedic paediatric hospital in Zimbabwe has opened its doors to the community.
The hospital will be treating children from the ages of 0 to 18 years for free.
Formerly the Bulawayo Orthopedic Centre and part of the United Bulawayo Hospital, the project is a partnership between the Ministry of Health and Child Care and Cure Children’s Hospital.
Mrs Beverly Kadzombe’s nephew Sean was involved in an accident which left his right leg seriously injured.
Since then she has been traveling between Zimbabwe and South Africa seeking corrective surgery, but it all amounted to nothing as she could not afford the exorbitant fees which were being charged.
The free orthopedic paediatric hospital which is a partnership between the Ministry of Health and Child Care and Cure Children’s Hospital has therefore come as a relief.
“Am really happy and eternally grateful to the government and Cure hospital for affording us this opportunity. In South Africa we were charged 50 000 Rands but we could not afford the fees hence we are really happy that this was done here for free” she said.
According to the United Bulawayo Hospitals orthopedics head of department, Dr Collin Msasanure, the hospital will attend to children from across the country.
“This is an advantage not just for the Bulawayo community only for the whole of Zimbabwe as this hospital will serve children up to the age of 18 from all over Zimbabwe and the good thing about it is that’s it is free.”
The hospital which is the first of its kind in Zimbabwe is dedicated to the orthopedic needs of children.
“We discovered that children are usually left behind especially when it comes to health care especially those born with deformities that’s why we are focusing mainly on children.”
The only training school for nurses to undergo a two year advanced orthopedic nursing diploma in Zimbabwe has also started admitting students.