Vil­lagers in dire need of clinic

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Mashonaland Central & West News - Con­rad Mu­pesa in MHANGURA

GOV­ERN­MENT and Makonde Ru­ral District Coun­cil have been urged to build a clinic that would serve vil­lagers from ar­eas such as Grav­elotte in Mhangura.

The vil­lagers who walk at least 40 km to Doma Clinic, the near­est health in­sti­tu­tion, said they feel re­jected and marginalised de­spite play­ing a huge role in the econ­omy of Zim­babwe through farm­ing and gold min­ing.

Mrs Jen­nifa Kaireza, a vil­lager said they rely mostly on med­i­cal out­reach pro­grammes that are not even reg­u­lar.

“Most peo­ple who stay in this area are peas­ant farm­ers who also dou­ble as gold pan­ners when we are off the sum­mer agri­cul­tural sea­son.

“Our liv­ing con­di­tions re­quire a health fa­cil­ity that is close since farm­ers are sus­cep­ti­ble to snake bites while the po­ten­tial for vi­o­lence is al­ways rife among ar­ti­sanal min­ers.”

Vil­lagers are also said to jos­tle for free con­tra­cep­tives given to them by the Min­istry of Health and Child Care when­ever out­reaches are con­ducted.

“It’s so touch­ing that when­ever we visit that place for out­reach pro­grammes, vil­lagers at some point fight for con­doms or con­tra­cep­tive pills as they will be hop­ing to get a better share for them­selves since they are rarely pro­vided to them,” said a nurse at Doma Clinic, who re­quested anonymity.

“The road to this area is so bad that trans­port op­er­a­tors nor­mally shun it, thereby leav­ing the farm­ers with no op­tion but to walk more than 40km to this in­sti­tu­tion.”

Makonde RDC so­cial wel­fare of­fi­cer Mrs Ndaizivei Mwale said al­though the sit­u­a­tion was dire in that area, the lo­cal au­thor­ity was also fail­ing to raise enough rev­enue from res­i­dents and rate pay­ers.

“Low rev­enue flows have af­fected the con­struc­tion of health in­sti­tu­tion by the lo­cal au­thor­ity which cur­rently has at least five clin­ics across the district,” she said.

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