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43 new clinics needed in Mwenezi – Masterplan team

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43 new clinics needed in Mwenezi – Masterplan team


Few health facilities
Poor roads


MASVINGO – The Mwenezi District Masterplan team is proposing 43 new health facilities as some wards don’t have clinics at thereby forcing patients including pregnant women to walk up to 20km to access health services.
The problem is dire in resettlement areas, said Mwenezi Rural District lead Planner Johane Chigarire in an interview with The Mirror.
He said that those wards that don’t health facilities are 5, 6, 11, 13, 14 and 17.
“We found out that 43 health facilities are needed in Mwenezi to stop patients and pregnant women from walking long distances.
Mwenezi has a total of 22 health facilities, eight are run by the Council, two are Mission, nine are Government owned and 3 are private,” he said.
In the case of roads, the team established that the state of roads is not good.
The district has a 1 781,36 kilometers in which 1 088,388 are earth roads, 687,767 are gravel and 5,205 are surfaced roads.
“The are no good road networks in resettlement areas in ward 2, 5, 6, 11, 13, 24, 15,17 and 18. The roads in the resettlement areas need to be rehabilitated and 8 bridges are priotised for construction and rehabilitation,” he said.
Mwenezi Rural District Council is the second biggest district in terms of surface area in Masvingo Province after Chiredzi.

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