Parirenyatwa Hospital

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Parirenyatwa General Hospital is the largest medical centre in Zimbabwe.[1] Located in Harare, the hospital was formerly known as the Andrew Fleming Hospital, and was named after the principal medical officer to the British South Africa Company.

Following independence in 1980, the hospital was renamed in honour of Tichafa Samuel Parirenyatwa (1927-1962), a close associate of Joshua Nkomo and the first black Zimbabwean to qualify as a doctor of medicine.

As well as its general medical and surgical sections, the hospital includes Mbuya Nehanda, a maternity section; Sekuru Kaguvi, which specialises in eye treatment; and an annex for psychiatric patients and several specialist paediatric wards. It has in excess of 5000 beds and 12 theatres in the main hospital complex alone.

The College of Health Sciences of the University of Zimbabwe is based at Parirenyatwa. This is where the university's medical students train from 3rd year onwards.

The hospital has fewer than 1,000 beds. The hospital has a school of nursing located within the complex which has got three intakes of General Nurses per year for a three year Diploma in Nursing and some post-basic courses in intensive/Theatre nursing, community and primary care nursing as well as Ophthalmic Nursing.

The hospital is one of the teaching hospitals in the country for Medicine and Nursing from the University of Zimbabwe and any other colleges (offering health courses) around the country and world at large.

The hospital introduced a quality management program in hospitals in 2005 led by Chief Executive Officer Thomas Zigora, Dr. Sydney Makarawo, Dr Max Hove, and the Quality Assurance/Clinical Audit Officer Kennedy Gombe which proved a difference in the way of thinking in delivering health care services. The program is currently coordinated by Godwin Mseka.


  1. ^ "Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals undergoes refurbishment". ZBC News Cache. Retrieved 2006-05-16. 


  • Rasmussen, R.K., and Rubert, S.C., 1990. Historical Dictionary of Zimbabwe, Scarecrow Press.

Coordinates: 17°48′41″S 31°02′33″E / 17.8115°S 31.0426°E / -17.8115; 31.0426