Soon after Mpilo Hospital trended on all social platforms for having inadequate equipment to support them, electronic lifts for instance, it has been reported to have been scorched by fire twice.

The 1,000-bedded hospital, a major paternal center which serves Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, Matabeleland North and South, Midlands and Masvingo Provinces was scorched by fire on the 26th of May and on the 28th of May. According to Professor Ngwenya, the root of this plague was an electronic shot from electrical distribution box.

The fire started at the entrance which made it hard for the heath workers to escape the hell on loose. To run for their life, some had to jump off from their windows.

Unfortunately, the Fire Brigade could not quench all the places that were affected. The Bulawayo Chamber secretary who is also in charge of the Fire and Ambulance Services Mrs Sikhangele Zhou noted,

“Our investigators are still on the ground because we spent the whole night trying to put out the fire. We got the calls at 11.04PM and we were here at 11.09PM but the top floor was already well alight and we managed to save the bottom floor. We are still investigating and once we are done, we will let you know what we think caused the fire,” said Mrs Zhou – Source Chronicle

The fire has burnt staff quarters and has left most of the staff homeless.

“This is to inform you that last night one of our staff residences was destroyed by a massive fire. It affected 39 health workers and their families. We were very lucky that no one was seriously injured,” said Prof Ngwenya – Source Chronicles

It’s great to hear that, out of over 2 300 workers at Mpilo Hospital, only two suffered a minor injury and are in recovery.

“One person suffered a broken ankle and another had smoke inhalation effects but is stable. Our thoughts are with the affected members and their families.” – Source Chronicles

However, other sources revealed a total of 45 health workers affected that includes, 33 Doctors, 4 radiographers, 1 Pharmacist, 2 Pharmacy Technicians, 3 Laboratory Scientists, 1 Physiotherapist and 1 Administration Officer. This brings the total to 45 health workers (Source Pindula).

The fire is reported to have destroyed property worth USD$500k. His Honorable, President Emerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa took to Facebook to announce their contributions towards providing aid to Mpilo Hospital.

“Today my government has committed ZW$287 million towards new infrastructure at Mpilo Central Hospital, to replace lost facilities in last weeks fire. Doctors and nurses across Zimbabwe deserve the highest quality working conditions and support…”

On the other hand, MDC Alliance has launched a Mplio Relief Fund campaign inviting any interested parties to donate the little they have to revive the center.

“The affected health workers need our collective support. In this regard, we call upon all citizens, charitable organizations and the business community to donate to our Mpilo Relief Fund which seeks to enable quick recovery for the health workers and help them return to work with minimum disruption…” MDC Alliance

Below are the details to any interested parties who would like to donate and help Mpilo victims.

Forex donations
Dr Misheck Ruwende
ZB Bank,
Branch: J. Moyo, Bulawayo.
Acc. No. 4307 429107 405

Local Currency
Dr Moreblessing A Ganjiri
NMB Bank,
Branch: Msasa, Harare
Acc. No. 0000270503179

EcoCash Donations
NoMoreblessing A Ganjiri.
Ecocash No. 0778161194

World Remit
Moreblessing A Ganjiri

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