Govt commits to ensuring improved access to health services

By Tamuka Charakupa

THE Governments community health strategy is bearing fruit across the country, with the latest development being the establishment of the Mutasa Health Post in Buhera, which is expected to benefit more than 8 000 people.

Buhera District Medical Officer, Dr Shelton Kwiri said the establishment of the health post will ease the travelling burden being faced by the community to access health services.

“This Mutasa Health Post is one of the developments here in Buhera that seeks to address the issue of health services in the district. We have 33 wards in the district and 34 health posts, which means every ward has a health centre, but we remain focused to ensure access to health is prioritised,” said Dr Kwiri.

Speaking after inspecting the health post, the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Monitoring of Government Programmes, Dr Joram Gumbo said government is in the process of addressing infrastructure and social services deficits, with funds set to be availed through the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) and the Devolution Fund.

“The improvement of access to health facilities in rural areas should be an integral part of our development programme because the majority of the people live in the rural areas. However, it is a matter for regret that access to health in rural areas has been lagging behind compared to urban areas where access is almost guaranteed,” said Dr Gumbo.

The government is in the process of addressing these infrastructure and social services anomalies by disbursing resources through the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) and the Devolution Fund to provinces across the country.

Community leaders thanked the government for walking the talk on delivering and promoting access to health in the district.

“We want to thank the President for his support towards ensuring health access in our community,” said Honourable Saul Nzuma, legislator for Buhera West.

“As the traditional leadership, we would like to thank government for establishing health infrastructure that is of quality,” said
Chief Shepherd Makumbe.

Government has so far constructed 11 health posts across the country and two of them are in Manicaland Province.