Refurbishment of Kadoma general hospital
“... I exhort other mining concerns in our country, and the private sector in general, to emulate this sterling work that has been done by Zimplats and engage in corporate social investment programmes that meet the needs of the communities around which they operate.” - His Excellency Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa
Zimplats invested $2.5 million in refurbishing Kadoma General Hospital, a major hospital in Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland West district in need of significant repairs. The refurbishment work was completed to high quality standards by local enterprise development companies supported by Zimplats. The work included building construction and supplying equipment including laundry facilities, solar geysers, an incinerator, a service vehicle and an ambulance.
The revamped hospital was officially opened by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on 19 July 2018 and received a warm reception from all stakeholders, including the government.
The Kadoma General Hospital is part of the network of 1 600 public health institutions in the country and forms an integral part of the health sector’s referral system.
Partnerships between business and government are expected to play an important role in the socio-economic recovery of Zimbabwe. Speaking at the Kadoma General Hospital’s handover ceremony, President Dambudzo Mnangagwa acknowledged the role of the private sector and a willingness to work with the government in the modernisation and industrialisation agenda as part of Zimbabwe’s economic recovery. The President also highlighted the important role of small enterprises and local service providers, adding that working with local enterprises on this project was a noble economic empowerment approach, and Zimplats’ strategy was aligned with government’s focus on empowering local communities and advancing their economic emancipation.
The project took on board six local enterprises that are part of the Zimplats Local Enterprise Development (LED) programme, which seeks to empower small enterprises and build their capacity to offer competitive goods and services. The local enterprises were responsible for project management, structural renovations, road works, plumbing, equipment supplies, steel fabrications and the supply of building materials. Three of these enterprises are female led. At peak, the project attracted a labour force of 170, with 80% of employees drawn from local communities.
While one part of the project focused on improving infrastructure, the company also took the opportunity to improve the hospital’s ability to provide key services by:
- Installing a 250-liter autoclave
- Providing a new ambulance and a service vehicle and refurbishing the existing ambulance
- Installing of a solar water heating system
- Purchasing a new dental chair.
- Also speaking at the ceremony, Alex Mhembere, CEO of Zimplats, outlined the company’s commitment to uplifting the livelihoods of local communities by creating shared value. This project gave Zimplats an opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to socio-economic development through its work with local enterprises.
The refurbishment exercise ensures that medical institutions such as the Kadoma General Hospital can continue to offer quality healthcare, thus promoting the globally accepted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The following major works were done:
- Restoration of the water reticulation system, including the sinking of two boreholes and installation of water storage
- Restoration of all ablution facilities to a functional state
- Construction of a new laundry block and provision of new washing machines, driers and ironing equipment
- Kitchen refurbishment and installation of new kitchen equipment
- Refurbishment of the existing wood-fired incinerator and installation of a new suitably sized coal fire incinerator
- The roadway walkways were paved, and new pedestrian walkways around the hospital were established
- A new perimeter fence was installed to assist the hospital with access control
- Facelift of the outpatient’s department, mother and child block, paediatrics ward, both the main and small theatres; maternity ward and former nurses’ home.