Free med­i­cal ser­vices for vil­lagers

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Tendai Bhebe Sun­day News Reporter

MORE than 50 doc­tors and spe­cial­ists un­der the Zim­babwe Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (Zima) will this month of­fer free med­i­cal ser­vices to vil­lagers in Gwanda as part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­gramme.

In an in­ter­view, Zima Mata­bele­land branch pres­i­dent Dr Wedu Nde­bele said the aim of the med­i­cal out­reach was to bring hos­pi­tal fa­cil­i­ties nearer to the peo­ple.

“As Zima our man­date is to take care of the wel­fare of our mem­bers (the doc­tors) as well as to ad­vance the well-be­ing of our clients, the pa­tients.

“We do this by ad­vo­cat­ing for good work­ing con­di­tions and en­sur­ing that we do so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­grammes where we of­fer our­selves for free to the un­der­priv­i­leged com­mu­ni­ties in the peri-ur­ban ar­eas or in the ru­ral ar­eas,” he said, adding dates are still be­ing fi­nalised.

Dr Nde­bele said the out­reach will save a lot of pa­tients who had no ca­pac­ity to vis­its hos­pi­tals.

“By car­ry­ing out these ac­tiv­i­ties we have of­fered our ser­vices for free and have saved some pa­tients from be­ing re­ferred to cen­tral hos­pi­tals like Mpilo or United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals (UBH) for treat­ment.

“These ac­tiv­i­ties bring Zima to the peo­ple and the peo­ple to Zima.

“At these events, we con­sult for free and give drugs for free through our part­ners the Phar­ma­cist As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe as well as some phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies.

“We also get sup­port from the den­tists, the army, nurses and other al­lied med­i­cal ser­vices,” said Dr Nde­bele.

He said the last out­reach was in Binga in June where the doc­tors spent two days and at­tended to more than 800 pa­tients.

“We had 54 med­i­cal per­son­nel who in­cluded spe­cial­ists, doc­tors, den­tists, phar­ma­cists, nurses and med­i­cal stu­dents.

“We ex­pect a sim­i­lar num­ber of par­tic­i­pants from our side and we are look­ing for­ward to see more pa­tients than we did in Binga.”

He, how­ever, said fi­nan­cial chal­lenges were hin­der­ing their pro­grammes.

“The chal­lenges we face are mostly fi­nan­cial as there are not enough funds to trans­port all those who want to go for the out­reach.

“Ac­com­mo­da­tion at times is a chal­lenge as we of­ten work un­til very late, re­quir­ing us to spend nights there,” he said.

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