United Bulawayo Hospitals launched the Advanced Orthopaedic and Ophthalmic Post Basic Nursing Schools on the 13th July 2013 under the following themes “A strong bone, a productive nation” and a “A seeing eye, a healthy nation” respectively.
Student nurses and other qualified nurses marched from Milton High School near Ascot Sopping Centre holding banners with messages on the launch of the two programs. On the site were external exhibitors Council for the Blind, National Social Security and New Avakash. Local exhibitors comprised Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy department as well as Orthopaedic Centre.
The event was graced by high ranking dignitaries. The Guest Speaker was the Regional Manager for POSB Mr. S.T. Chasekwa who delivered a powerful speech. Some of the speakers were the Chief Executive Officer for United Bulawayo Hospitals Mrs N.V. Ndlovu, Dr. Magava and Principal Tutor for United Bulawayo Hospitals Mrs J. Ndabazokufa.
Mr. B. Sithole, a Lecturer at United College of Education gave a touching emotional speech which chronicled his encounter with medical outreach team which was screening for eye problems and resulting in the identification of his failing eyesight during his childhood.
Another vibrant motivational speech was from one of the Advanced Orthopaedic Nursing student Sr L.C. Chukukwa. She encouraged other qualified nurses to take up the challenge and enrol into post basic programmes such as these ones. She also motivated all her colleagues to persevere despite challenges they may be encountering during their training.
The new look team held their first meeting on Thursday 4 July 2018 at the Main Hospital Library from 10:30 to 11:30 am. The team congratulated the outgoing Focal Person Matron Muzarurwi on her promotion to Night Superintendent.
The team welcomes the incoming Focal Person Matron Gumunyu and her deputy Sister-In-Charge Ncube Leave-it. Sister N.F Ncube joined the team and Mr B. Fambira who came in as the Chief Photographer for the team
The team reminded each other of the vision which is UBH (Centre of Excellence in Quality.) The team further deliberated on its immediate plans which included: (a) conducting refresher courses on 5s- Kazen- Total Quality Management for its members (b) cascade training to other cadres (c) to conduct internal fund raising activities (d to conduct a situational analysis to assess the current situation in terms of quality improvement across the whole hospital (quality rounds which include photography)(e) the team agreed to conduct weekly 30 to 45 minutes refresher course for its members and to come up with a training schedule for the members of staff.
The chairperson then proceeded to give a 10 minute refresher to team members on the 5s -Kazen-TQM concept.
The meeting was closed at 11:30 am. The next meeting was scheduled for 12 July 2018.
The UBH boiler that was refurbished by Cochrane Engineering was commissioned on 10 May 2018 following the cleaning and removal of old parts and fitting in of new parts. The commissioning Committee witnessed the commissioning of the boiler. An inspector from NSSA came for the inspection and certified that the boiler can now be used.