CHIRUMHANZU: Government has commissioned Hwata Clinic in Chirumanzu’s ward six, opening doors for public healthcare to thousands of people in the area who were traveling distances of up to 15 kilometers for medical care.
The modern clinic comprises a maternity ward, male and female wards, an OI clinic as well as staff quarters, with the health institution connected to a tapped water system.
The community is well aware of the benefits of the government’s devolution program and has since vowed to preserve the life-saving infrastructure.
“We have been having nightmares in dealing with the problems people have been facing in accessing quality healthcare. This is, therefore, a welcome development,” said one villager.
“We were having troubles in going for constant check-ups. As you can see am now old and have a chronic health issue that requires constant attention. My troubles of traveling to Holy Cross clinic or further are now a thing of the past as I can now get access to health easily,” another villager added.
“I remember when I got pregnant and had complications resulting in giving birth at home as there was no transport to carry me. This clinic is, therefore, a game-changer,” said a middle-aged lady who only identified herself as Tsitsi.
Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Senator Larry Mavhima who was guest of honor at the official opening event said the government will continue to uplift livelihoods in marginalized communities in line with the devolution program.
“I am told the construction of this clinic was supposed to have been completed last year. However, due to the effects of COVID-19, we have managed to finish it this year. This is only the beginning as we are rolling out more projects to benefit you.
“I am happy that your council is directing the devolution funds to projects that benefit people. This is what President Mnangagwa wants to see. Development, development, and more development is his motto,” he said.
Chirumhanzu South legislator, Barbra Rwodzi also urged the council to work harder and not be dependent on devolution funds while also remaining accountable to the community they lead for further development.
“I am happy to witness such developments in my constituency. I will always give support whenever I can as long as we remain accountable to those who send us to represent them.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage the council to remain accountable to the general populace as it is the community we are here to serve versus personal interests,” said Rwodzi.
Hwata clinic is one of the three health institutions which have been constructed using devolution funds in Chirumanzu district with 16 boreholes having been sunk, while new classroom blocks are also being constructed. Roads are also being refurbished using the same funds.