$70 000 Dialysis Machines stripped of parts before being installed, private clinic under suspicion
The dialysis machine at Masvingo General Hospital was stripped of parts before it was even installed. The machine was donated to the Renal Unit of the Hospital by the Zim-Chinese project and is used to remove waste from patients with kidney problems. The machine was worth $70 000.
The machine was stripped of the
- Dialysis circulation pump
- Float switch and
- Ultra Violate (UV) light
Masvingo Provincial Medical Director (PMD) Dr Amadeus Shamu confirmed the matter saying:
Three equipment parts are missing from the unit and we are not yet sure if they were stolen or not. The matter has been reported to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and they are helping us with investigations. We are not sure when investigations will be finished but the issue is being swiftly taken care of. I cannot state the cost of the missing equipment since it was donated.
Human Resource Officer Shadreck Zangairai has reportedly assigned a four-man team to investigate the theft of the missing parts. Makuria Memorial Clinic is reportedly under suspicion as the private clinic has its own Renal Unit.
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A source in the investigating team spoke to Tell Zimbabwe and said:
We went to Makurira Memorial Clinic where we saw one Sithole and questioned him where they got equipment for their renal unit. We actually wanted to find out whether they have paper work for the imported equipment so that we could remove them from our list of suspects but Sithole was not open enough.
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