By Tafara Chikumira
THE government has commissioned the Mapfungautsi Polyclinic in Gokwe, a product of the Devolution projects which are meant to uplift the livelihoods of marginalised communities.
The commissioning of the modern polyclinic is set to service Gokwe South and some parts of Gokwe North who had to travel at least 140 kilometres to access natal services in the city of Kwekwe.
The clinic which will serve at least 11 000 people has four male and female wards apiece, three postnatal rooms, two antenatal care rooms and outpatients services.
The government says it has lined up more developmental projects for Gokwe in line with the National Development Strategy 1.
“The building opens up a new space for commitment to meet the ever-increasing demand for health care services and expectations of the Gokwe community. Comrades and friends, as we strive to improve health services provision, it is pertinent that we all embrace the vision of establishing a sound textile industry and value chain here in Gokwe. This is a sector in which you have a comparative advantage and hence it is my plea to both Local Authorities to commit to this vision through the provision of appropriate land, establishing incentives for investment and rigorously implementing ease of doing business reforms like a one-stop-shop. Accordingly, as we aim towards a textile Special Economic Zone (SEC), there is a need for collaboration and establishment of an industrial park,” said Senator Larry Mavima-Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution.
The establishment of such a health facility in the white town of gold through the use of Devolution funds is a clear testimony that the Second Republic is committed to improving the livelihoods of marginalised communities.
With many such other infrastructures having been established across the country in the short space of time the Second Republic got into power, observers say the attainment of an upper-middle-income society might be achieved well before the targeted time frame.