CHIPINGE – The Muzite community in Chipinge rural’s Ward 15 has called on the government for help to complete a clinic project which they had embarked on using pooled resources from the members of the community.
Ward 15 councillor Simbarashe Simango said the community saw it fit to raise some money and resources to build their own clinic since they did not have a health facility close by with villagers travelling about 25 kilometers to access the closest health facilities.
"We have been lobbying to have a clinic close by and our people have been travelling long distances to get medical help.
“The closest clinic is 25 kilometers away and our people have been affected by the situation hence the reason why we came together as a community to start building our own clinic.
“We managed to raise a few resources to kick start the project but we exhausted everything before we could even get to the halfway mark of construction
“One wall has been completed but the other three sides are still at lower stages as we have fallen short of cement, brick force among other requirements.
“We would also want roofing materials and more material for an incinerator," said Simango.
He said the community took the initiative and provided labor and gathering of raw materials for the project.
"The community molded bricks, gathered river sand for the construction, and our Member of Parliament Raymond Machingura helped with some material towards the construction of the clinic.
“We are hoping that the council will channel some funds from devolution so that the clinic would be completed. The community has shown that they are willing to see the project complete as shown by the commitment to gather resources on their own.
“The health of our people can only be possible if we give them services at accessible locations,” said Simango.
One of the villagers said they were ready to work once resources have been made available.
“It is very difficult to go to a clinic since we do not have one close by. Travelling a distance of over 25 kilometers is not a joke.
“We call on the responsible authorities to help us because we have already done the ground work,” said one villager.
Despite the clinic challenge Ward 15 has potable water challenges and road network has deteriorated from the recent heavy rains.
The Muzite- Mugindi road, which is the major road linking the community has been badly damaged making it difficult for villagers to move.