Mphilo Central Hospital is struggling to cope with the number of pregnant women flocking to the public institution following the decision to set aside United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) for Covid-19 cases.
This arrangement is valid until designated health centres which are all undergoing renovations are ready to admit Covid-19 patients.
Both Mpilo and UBH are the major referral hospitals that service Bulawayo, Masvingo, Midlands, Matabeleland North and South provinces.
This has led to an increase in the number of women going to Mpilo to deliver, a situation which has been worsened by the ongoing nationwide nurses strike.
On normal days before the lockdown, Mpilo would help 25 women deliver vaginally and through the Caesarean section daily.
Of late, normal deliveries have risen to 42, with 10 C-sections daily and authorities have raised concern of possible consequences as there are at most two qualified nurses at any given time to monitor the women who are even sleeping on the floor due to overcrowding-Chronicle