National Healthcare Trust boosts water supply to Harare Maternity Hospital
National Healthcare Trust recently drilled a borehole and installed four 5000 litre tanks at Harare Central Hospital to increase water supplies to the Maternity Hospital. The water supply project will relieve the acute water shortages that the hospital has been facing in recent years.
Harare Maternity Hospital is the biggest referral centre in the country for; high risk maternal patients during antenatal, intra-Partum, post Natal and neonatal Patients. The maternity wing has higher water requirements to cater for women during and after delivery.
Municipal water supply to Harare Central hospital has been erratic and inadequate over the past few years necessitating the drilling of boreholes to augment supplies. Because of Harare Hospital’s location on high ground it has always been difficult to pump water up the hill because of low pressure especially with the current water problems the city is facing.
Previously the maternity hospital was sharing one borehole with the children’s hospital, both of which have high water demand, so the commissioning of the new borehole and the installation of the four tanks will relieve pressure on the existing borehole.
National Healthcare Trust has drilled 5 boreholes in Chitungwiza and 4 in Harare to supply portable water to health facilities and the surrounding communities. National Healthcare Trust, which is the philanthropic arm of Econet Wireless, was established in 2008 in response to the cholera outbreak which claimed the lives of over 4,000 people.
The Trust compliments the Ministry of Health and Child Care’s efforts to improve the healthcare delivery system in Zimbabwe and contributes to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals of reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and combating HIV and AIDS, Malaria and other diseases.