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Cephas Shava

MWENEZI - Chingwizi Clinic, the only health facility for thousands of people displaced by the flooded Tugwi - Mukosi Dam back in 2014, is struggling to give quality health services as it does not have running water.
Located in Ward 13 Mwenezi East under Chief Chitanga, the facility was built by the army after years of struggle.
The clinic also serves many expectant mothers, making the water shortages all the more serious a problem.
The clinic currently depends on water supply from a borehole which is outside the facility’s fence. The borehole produces salty water and is too heavy to operate for pregnant women.
Ward councillor Takura Mudavose said he had raised the issue with the Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Ezra Chadzamira.
“The absence of water there is a worrying problem given the number of people who rely on that clinic. The borehole that is closest by is not efficient; it is too heavy and it doesn’t produce good water. You can imagine the trouble,” said Mudavose.
He said he hoped plans by the National Aids Council (Nac) to pump water from elsewhere directly to the clinic will materialise.
TellZim News recently visited the remote area and spoke to many expectant mothers who had bad stories to tell.
“You have to go to the borehole with a container and fetch your own water for use. The water is not good and you can hardly drink it. There is often not enough water to wash your hands after visiting the toilet,” said one pregnant woman.
Since their relocation to the area after the floods of February 2014, people in Chingwizi have remained largely without access to basic necessities of life despite endless promises by politicians.
Many primary school children learn under deplorable pole and grass makeshift shelters that make them vulnerable to the slightest changes in weather.



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