by Donald Tafadzwa Chidoori
One of Zimbabwe’s leading insurance companies will on Saturday the 25th of November 2017 raise funds to help patients at Ingutsheni Central Hospital.
Dubbed the, “Kings and Queens Social Responsibility Day,” the fundraising campaign is meant to make a difference at the hospital, which has been struggling to get financial support for years.
According to the institution’s chief executive officer Mr Nyasha Chibvongodze, 80 percent of Ingutsheni’s 600 in-patients and 1 400 outpatients do not pay for the institution’s services leaving it reliant on government funding.
However, sporadic funding from the government has left the institution in a cycle of hunger and deprivation.
In 2016, the Institution only got a fraction of the drugs it required and this increased erratic and violent behavior from patients as at least three nurses were reportedly attacked.
Former Minister of War Veterans Affairs and Makokoba MP Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube, earlier this year revealed an outbreak of scurvy at Ingutsheni because of lack of proper nutrition.
Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube also reported that patients at the hospital hardly have meat in their diet.
The donation of 300 loaves of bread per day to the institution by Bakers Inn, has helped in the provision of the much needed Carbohydrates (starch), Calcium, Iron, B vitamins and Fibre. However, this is not enough to cover the dietary needs of the patients and does not cover operational costs and medical drugs for the patients.
In March this year the Chronicle reported that Ingutsheni needed financial assistance to break the cycle of hunger and deprivation at the institution.
First Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL) took heed of this call and is holding a fundraising campaign on behalf of the institution to arrest the financial constraints that have been crippling the operations of the institution.
As part of the fundraising campaign FMHL will on Saturday the 25th of November, from 6:30am – 9am, host a fitness session for health enthusiasts at $2 per participant.
“We call on ALL the Kings and Queens to join us at the Large City Hall Car Park. From 6:30am – 9am there will be a fitness session for the health enthusiast. Registration is $2 and can be paid on the day,” said First Mutual on its official Facebook page.
Fitness session participants and visitors will also be treated with Free health checks, financial and insurance advice, legal advice and health education, from 10 am to 3pm.
There will also be free Wi-Fi access, career guidance for students and free entertainment.
First Mutual Life calls upon its members and the general public to come in their numbers for a chance to make a difference. Members of the public are encouraged to make donations in cash or kind.
“We ask that you kindly donate goods in kind in the form of cleaning detergent, bedding and food. We also have EMoney, Ecocash and cash tins on the day for any money you are willing to give,” said First Mutual.
ALL the proceeds from the “Kings and Queens” fundraising campaign will go to Ingutsheni Central Hospital.
Ingutsheni Central Hospital is the largest psychiatric hospital in Zimbabwe. Located in Bulawayo, the 109-year-old institution has 700 beds and looks after people with all the major mental illnesses.