Mapako Health Centre in Nyanga North commissioned
Story by Kenias Chivuzhe
GOVERNMENT’S drive towards improving health delivery in rural communities continues to gain traction, with Mapako Health Centre in Nyanga Ward 18 being the latest to open its doors to the public.
The nearly two decades-long dream to construct a clinic in the malaria-prone area of Mapako in Nyanga North has become a reality as the project started by the local community was completed after the injection of devolution funds.
The villagers who started pushing for the facility in 2006, are excited about its completion and the relief it has brought to their area.
A village member said, “ We produced our bricks as the locals before ZNA helped us with construction works with the government availing funds. We united towards a common cause as we were losing lives mainly to malaria with child mortality being high.”
“We were facing a lot of challenges that included the death of people due to Malaria as clinics were very far away from us. We mold bricks as a community hence we are proud to have made an input towards the construction of this facility,” said another village member.
“Today we had coming to ensure our children are vaccinated against the six killer disease. We are happy that we can now access health services in our area,” he said.
Devolution funds injected since 2019 have seen the project coming to fruition.
Nyanga RDC chief executive officer, Zefania Jaravaza said, “Council agreed that a clinic be constructed at Mapako and the local community started construction works with the support of the local legislator and 3 Infantry Brigade. Council started assisting in 2019 when we started to access devolution funds. We financed the project from 2019 until last year. We used ZW$36,9 million for the project.”
Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Advocate Misheck Mugadza says the development is in line with the country’s inclusive development agenda.
“A clinic safeguards the lives of everyone. The president says there is no place or anyone who will be left behind in terms of development. This project reflects on the power of working together to further a common cause. This project was a success as a result of the local community commitment, devolution funds, local leadership and the Zimbabwe National Army. The clinic will improve the health delivery system to reduce death. We are going to complete all projects started under the devolution programme and start new projects,” he said.
The government is currently implementing the National Community Health Strategy meant to decentralise health facilities within a five-kilometre radius across the country.