By Abigirl Tembo
TRADITIONAL leaders in Bikita have applauded the government for improving the health sector through the construction of clinics in rural areas.
Having watched helplessly for years as their people travelled long distances to seek medical attention, traditional leaders in the Bikita District of Masvingo have applauded the government for building clinics in their area.
This comes after the official opening of Shumbaimwe and Mupamaonde clinics in Bikita West.
“What government is doing is very commendable and it augurs well with vision 2030,” said Chief Marozva.
“We cannot talk of vision 2030 without talking of improving our health standards so we want to thank our government for the clinics,” said Chief Mazungunye.
“Our people used to walk long distances to the nearest clinic but now health services have been brought closer to them and as the leadership we are grateful,” said Chief Chemene.
The two clinics offer free services much to the delight of the villagers.
“It is now going to be easy for us especially pregnant women, they can quickly get attended hear. The days of walking long distances are now over and we are happy and grateful to the government,” said local villagers.
Guest of honour at the event and Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr John Mangwiro reaffirmed the government’s commitment toward universal access to health care services.
“The vision is to make sure that Zimbabweans have health centre closest to them so that people can move less than 5 km to the nearest clinic so the opening of these two clinics is very important because health is at the epitome of the new dispensation’s thrust because as we move towards vision 2030 we can only achieve vision 2030 if we are a healthy nation thus we will continue building more health centres across the country,” said Dr Mangwiro.
Mupamaonde Clinic, which has a catchment area of 3 590 people was built through a partnership between the government, local leadership and community.
Shumbaimwe clinic was built using devolution funds and financial resources availed by the Bikita minerals mine.
The development also confirms the government’s commitment to leaving no one and no place behind.