Mashudu Mambo, Sunday News Reporter
THE Beitbridge Rural District Council in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has constructed a clinic in Chabili area to help locals who were walking long distances to access health facilities.
Council chief executive officer Mr Peter Moyo said people from the area were being forced to travel 30 kilometres to access the nearest health facility.
“The building of a new clinic in Chabili is set to help the people who were walking long distances to the nearest clinic. They usually walked about 30 kilometres to Chaswingo Clinic. We hope that by January the clinic will start operating. In this project we worked with partners like IOM which provided the material for the construction and the Zimbabwe National Army which provided labour,” he said.
Mr Moyo said the main structure has been completed and the hospital was set to benefit the people from various areas in the ward.
“The main structure has been completed. We are now left with fencing the clinic, connecting the boreholes to the water tank. The clinic has already been painted and the first nurses’ houses have been completed. The money that was used for the construction of this new clinic is $80 000,” he said. He said the clinic will benefit people from Chabili, Lungowe, Lukange, Lukungwe, Madaulo and those from headman Tshikwelengwe’s area.
In Beitbridge East constituency, there are six health centres which are Shabwe, Tshituripasi, Chaswingo, Makombe, Dite and Tshikwalakwala. This year the council also built a clinic in Mazunga area.