Thubelihle Mabhena Chronicle Reporter
TSHELANYEMBA Hospital in Matobo district, which was closed four months ago after thieves stole cables supplying electricity to the institution, re-opened last Wednesday when power was restored.Matobo South MP Saul Mahalima Ncube told Chronicle yesterday the community was in high spirits following the resumption of operations. The hospital suspended services last October after a 15-metre electricity cable was stolen in the area. The power cut affected water supplies, forcing nurses to fetch water using buckets from Shashani River about 2km away.
Villagers were being referred to Maphisa District Hospital for treatment and it was a problem for ailing villagers who had to travel long distances, said Ncube.
“The situation was becoming desperate in the area, for instance recently a mother of five, Margaret Nyathi, 73, was bitten by a scorpion and after being transported to Tshelanyemba hospital, which is 30km away, she couldn’t be attended to because it was closed. She later died before she could be taken to another hospital,” said Ncube.
Meanwhile, Ncube last Thursday donated 60 roofing sheets, 500 exercise books and four soccer balls to Tshelanyemba Primary School.
This comes after strong winds hit the district in November destroying a number of schools.