Water shortages force Zimbabwean hospital to close theatre

bulawayo water crisisMpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo has been hit by a critical shortage of water, a development which has resulted in the referral centre shutting down its operating theatre.

Sources at the country’s major health referral centre attributed the water crisis to pipe bursts due to the water rationing introduced by the Bulawayo city council two weeks ago.

“The hospital has been without water since Friday last week. One of the major pipes which supplies water to the institution burst in Mzilikazi high density suburb. The hospital is not doing any operations until the water situation is addressed,” said a source at the hospital who refused to be named for fear of victimisation.

The source said relatives of admitted patients have been asked to bring water in containers for the patients. The hospital has got one functioning borehole.

Since the city council introduced tight water rationing two weeks ago, there has been an increase in the number of pipe bursts due to fluctuating water pressure.

According to council’s spokesperson, Nesisa Mpofu, 41 pipe bursts have been reported in the city since last week.

Some critical institutions and industries which are outside the water rationing schedule have experienced water shortages due to the pipe bursts.

Source: The Zimbabwean

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