Clinic finally opens after 16 years

HARARE - A clinic in Harare finally opened doors yesterday 16 years after its foundation was laid.

Over a hundred residents converged at Kuwadzana Phase 4 Satellite Clinic to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony.

In a speech read on his behalf, Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo said Harare City Council was making laudable strides towards bringing health services to residents’ door steps.

“As you are aware the mission of the City Health Department is to provide first class health service to the residents and this requires that health facilities be within a radius of five kilometres in line with the Alma Ata Declaration,” Chombo said.

“The opening of Kuwadzana Phase 4 Satellite Clinic certainly brings us to that goal.”

Services provided at the institution include maternal and child health care, family health and curative services.

Chombo said the health facility will “decongest Kuwadzana Polyclinic which has had to grapple with abnormally huge volumes of patients from numerous informal settlements”.

Its catchment area includes Whitecliff, Snake Park, Greenway and part of the Zvimba area in Mashonaland West.

Harare mayor Muchadeyi Masunda said the facility drives Zimbabwe towards fulfilment of United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

“What we are seeing is fulfilment of three  of the much-vaunted MDGs which are the reduction if not elimination of infant mortality, maternal mortality which rose over the years from 200 in every 1 000 to 960, that is totally unacceptable, and also the gender perspective,” Masunda said.

“Most people who will make things happen here are women so we are justifiably proud.”

The mayor estimates that an average of 30 000 people will be serviced by the new clinic and said council will soon unveil another clinic in Budiriro, bringing the total to 14.

Masunda said the local authority was apolitically driven to serve Harare residents.

World Bank bankrolled 75 percent of the construction under the Urban Phase Two Development Programme and Harare City came in to complete the project through user fees after the international financier withdrew its support in 2007.

According to the ministry’s statistics, Harare has 12 polyclinics, 13 satellite clinics, six primary care clinics, six family health care clinics, four dental clinics and two infectious disease hospitals.

Area councillor Rezias Masunda attributed the development to team work by councillors and encouraged residents to save council’s developmental funds through responsible waste and water management. - Wendy Muperi

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