Chipiwa Clinic gets support from St John Apostolic Church

By Gay Matambo

St John Apostolic Church of the Whole World has moved in to complement government efforts in improving access to health care services in Mkwasine area of Chiredzi district, after sourcing an ambulance for Chipiwa Clinic.

Chipiwa clinic is located more than 50 kilometres from Chiredzi General Hospital and has been operating without an ambulance since the health facility was constructed in 1982.

This has prompted the St John Apostolic Church of the Whole World to move and complement government efforts in health care delivery by availing an ambulance for medical emergencies.

A beneficiary said, “We are grateful for the chattered ambulance for Chipiwa people. It is only now that we are only getting a hospital. Now sick people and injured people will be taken to the hospital on time.”

“We used to face a big challenge especially when injured patients had to be taken to bigger hospitals in Chiredzi. We want to thank the church a lot,” said another.

Chiredzi North legislator, Honourable Roy Bhila expressed gratitude to St John’s Church for the kind gesture.

“Our President says we should have partners that complement government efforts. St John Church is doing exactly what the President said. We want to thank the Church for this ambulance.”

St John Apostolic Church of the Whole World Secretary General, Elder Evans Mariga assured the Second Republic of their unwavering support.

He said, “In Mutoko, in Pfungwe we have also built a school which was opened in 2020. It’s not only here in Chiredzi that we are supporting communities but all over the country. We will also give out food hampers to the less privileged and we have set aside plans to assist government in building clinics in areas where clinics are scarce.”

The latest development comes at a time when the church has pledged to complement government’s development programmes across the country with various religious organisations including the Vadzidzi VaJesu Apostolic Church being active players in the provision of quality health care.