Mpilo rescue drive gathers pace


THE BULAWAYO United Residents’ Association (Bura) is embarking on an ambitious resource mobilisation sponsorship drive aimed at raising more than $200 000 for Mpilo Central Hospital by requesting each household to donate $1 towards the initiative.


Bura is undertaking the project jointly with Mpilo Hospital.

Mpilo has been on the verge of collapse for more than a decade due to a general lack of funding and a flight of experienced and qualified health personnel.

Bura chairperson Winos Dube told Southern Eye yesterday that the fundraising initiative was in response to Mpilo’s financial plight.

“All we are asking from our residents is just $1 for Mpilo Hospital.

“The hospital is in need of financial injection and residents could play a huge role in assisting financially. “The hospital cannot collapse when local residents could assist. The target is $200 000 and we hope that would be achieved,” he said.

Bura officials drawn from ward branches would be visiting households, churches and schools seeking donations. Dube said the project was being conducted in conjunction with Mpilo Hospital and a joint account has been opened with a local financial institution.

Dube said they had extended appeals to all political parties, the corporate world as well as the Bulawayo City Council.

“Well-wishers even from outside the city or in the Diaspora can deposit any amount to the CBZ Bank account number 01220175380050. All funds would be accounted for,” he said.

The funds would be channelled towards procuring medicine, equipment and other materials needed to spruce up the hospital.

The hospital theatres, laundry machines, autoclaves and elevators are in need of urgent refurbishment.