The Health and Child Care ministry has adopted Ntabazinduna Clinic in Umguza district in a move aimed at improving services and infrastructure at the health institution.
BY MELODY CHIMHAU
The clinic, which has for years been facing staff shortages, reportedly services over 8 400 people, but only has three nurses and no doctor.
Ntabazinduna Clinic Development Committee chairperson John Sibanda said the institution needed about $20 000 for renovations and procurement of medical equipment.
“We are very happy that Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa has pledged to help this clinic because there are so many people who depend on it for any medical assistance,” Sibanda said.
The clinic has been depending on the government and donors and offered free services to the community.
“We have been promised an ambulance by the end of next week because we have had challenges where pregnant women and older people had to walk a long distance to the clinic,” Sibanda said.
“We don’t want to be faced with such a situation where a pregnant woman gives birth on her way to the clinic. The minister has also promised to send a doctor on permanent basis to help the community and it is one of the challenges we have been facing.”
The clinic needs a borehole in order to have steady water supply and a generator for standby emergencies in cases of electricity blackout.
Sibanda said the clinic had been receiving a total of $2 000 quarterly from the government and it had been difficult to manage it.
The clinic needed additional staff houses, painting of existing staff cottages as they are in bad state and electricity for the maternity ward.