THE Southern Stars Foundation (SSF) on Friday launched a free medical check-up and treatment project at Magwegwe Hall for residents of the suburb.
Magwegwe residents thronged the hall as they got a chance to be treated for different ailments.
In an interview with Southern Eye, SSF president and aspiring legislator Sindiso Mazibisa said the project was in conjunction with six medical doctors and nurses from Mpilo Hospital and United Bulawayo Hospitals.
“We had realised that the health system in the area was beyond the reach of many residents, as they cannot afford to be treated and have check-ups,” he said.
Mazibisa, representing the Welshman Ncube-led MDC, said he understood the problems the residents faced in accessing medical help because he grew up in Magwegwe.
He said the medical outreach was his way of giving back to the community.
A medical doctor from Mpilo, Robert Nyajena, said medical practitioners from the hospitals saw it fit to partner with SSF to voluntarily assist the community in accessing free medical check-ups.
“We had seen it wise to get involved as medical practitioners and give free medical check-ups and tablets,” he said.
“We also checked for blood pressure and temperature including the Body Mass Index.”
One of the residents, Siphilisiwe Ndlovu could not hide her excitement.
She described the programme as helpful and an act of compassion towards the residents.
“This has helped us a lot because it is usually hard for us to find money for medical treatment fees in hospitals and for transport to visit those hospitals,” she added.