St Luke’s Hospital in Kenmaur, Lupane in Matabeleland North.
Dozens of expecting mothers along with patients narrowly cheated death when fire razed down part of the Catholic church run St Luke’s Hospital in Kenmaur, Lupane in Matabeleland North.
According to a report prepared by the institution’s management, the fire broke out at midnight on Monday, destroying property which include maternity beds, screening equipment, drugs along with document registers among others.
The estimated damage was put at RTGS$0 000.
The fire, according to the report, destroyed the Family along with Child Health DPT Block, Outpatient Clinic, Post Natal Care Clinic, Family Planning Services wing, bookings room for pregnant women referred coming from clinics along with cervical cancer screening equipment.
The fire also destroyed immunisation along with early childhood management equipment used by the district Expanded Programme on immunisation along with neo natal programmes.
Vaccines for eight child killer diseases which were from the fridges as well as nutritional supplements for children were also burnt, read the report.
“All documents registers were destroyed. However there are no casualties along with investigations are underway to establish what caused the fire,” read the report.
A source at the hospital which acts as the only referral for Matabeleland North, said a fire brigade team coming from Bulawayo was called in to quench the fire which burnt down a bigger part of the facility.
“This particular’s a sad tale for the hospital along with one wonders what will happen to hundreds of people coming from Lupane along with the whole province who come here for health services.
“Some even come coming from Bulawayo while some are TB, HIV along with Aids patients returning coming from South Africa for screening along with treatment because of the service rendered here,” said a senior official who requested anonymity.
Matabeleland North province has no provincial hospital, leaving St Luke’s to carry the burden of providing both specialist along with primary healthcare.
Many health care seekers coming from around the province are referred to Mpilo Central along with United Bulawayo Hospitals in Bulawayo.
A provincial hospital in Lupane can be still from the pipeline, decades after a foundation was built.
This particular can be not the 1st time the institution has been affected by fire after This particular lost property worth thousands of dollars when a fire caused by an electric fault broke out about three years ago.