Ja­pan do­nates ma­ter­nity homes in Mat North

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Fair­ness Moy­ana Hwange Correspondent

THE Ja­panese Am­bas­sador to Zim­babwe re­cently of­fi­cially handed over ma­ter­nity wait­ing homes to two health in­sti­tu­tions in Hwange in an ef­fort to re­duce ma­ter­nal and child mor­tal­ity in the dis­trict.

The two homes at Lukosi Ru­ral Hos­pi­tal and Mi­longa Clinic in Jam­bezi were con­structed at a cost of $88 727 through a grant handed to a non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion, Wild4life to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties for med­i­cal ser­vices, ma­ter­nal and child health in the dis­trict.

The project also in­cluded the con­struc­tion of a toi­let block as well as ren­o­va­tions on main hos­pi­tal wards.

The hand-over cer­e­mony which was at­tended by Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials as well as chiefs Shana and Nekatambe, came a year af­ter the Ja­panese Em­bassy also sup­ported the con­struc­tion of a phys­io­ther­apy block at St Pa­trick’s Mis­sion Hos­pi­tal in Hwange.

The fully equipped home at Lukosi Ru­ral Hos­pi­tal now has 32 beds up from 12 beds.

Ac­cept­ing the do­na­tion, the Min­is­ter for Mata­bele­land North Provin­cial Af­fairs, Cde Cain Math­ema said the in­ter­ven­tion would re­duce in­ci­dents in which women are forced to give birth at home.

“We wel­come what the Ja­panese peo­ple have done to im­prove the health of our peo­ple in the ru­ral ar­eas where peo­ple are faced with the plight of giv­ing birth at home as they are no wait­ing shel­ters at their clin­ics. These two fa­cil­i­ties will go a long way in re­duc­ing ma­ter­nal and child deaths at birth. We can as­sure you Your Ex­cel­lency that the fa­cil­i­ties will be put to good use,” said Cde Math­ema.

The Min­is­ter urged the Ja­panese to also con­sider in­vest­ing in the province he said was rich in min­eral and nat­u­ral re­sources.

“In ad­di­tion to the as­sis­tance you are of­fer­ing us, we would like to see Ja­panese peo­ple in­vest­ing in the province which is rich in min­er­als and wildlife. There are many win-win op­por­tu­ni­ties in the province in which you can in­vest dams, ho­tels, and min­ing and ir­ri­ga­tion projects as we en­hance liveli­hoods. So this is an in­vi­ta­tion I’m ex­tend­ing to you am­bas­sador on be­half of the peo­ple of Mata­bele­land North,” he said.

Hand­ing over the health fa­cil­i­ties, Am­bas­sador Yoshi Tendai Hi­raishi said the up­graded fa­cil­i­ties would help re­duce in­ci­dents of women or chil­dren dy­ing dur­ing birth.

Be­fore the con­struc­tion of the shel­ter at Mi­longa clinic, women from Jam­bezi would ei­ther visit Vic­to­ria Falls Hos­pi­tal 60km away or worse give birth at home.

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