HUNYANI Clinic, which was renovated and converted into a health facility by Chinhoyi Municipality from a beerhall, is expected to bring relief to over 10 000 people in the provincial capital’s Ward 4 and surrounding areas.
The official opening of the facility was scheduled for 2020, but was interrupted by the outbreak of Covid-19.
The community has applauded council for the project that will see the biggest beneficiary being Chengetanai Old People’s Home situated less than 150 metres away.
But the community wants the finishing touches completed quickly.
“We are still waiting for the big day, official opening. Various dates have been given, but nothing materialised and we are told there was a break-in that left the electrical wiring affected,” said Mr Allan Juru.
“Hunyani is one of most populated areas in Chinhoyi, so it’s proper that it now has its own health care facility. Council has done well to convert the beerhall into a clinic and expecting women from the area will be served on time,” said a resident from the Brundish area.
Chengetanai Old People’s Home administrator Mr Lucky Nyanda said once completed, the clinic would bring relief to the care centre.
The financially-incapacitated home has 30 elderly people who suffer from various ailments including high blood pressure and diabetes.
“We thought the clinic was going to open anytime soon. Senior citizens suffer a lot from all sorts of ailments and having a healthcare centre close is going to reduce expenses that we incur since we don’t have a dedicated vehicle,” he said.
Ward 4 Councillor Cde Ignatius Zvigadza confirmed that commissioning of the clinic will take place before end of July this year. He said a few touch ups including replacing electrical sockets, fencing and security were now topping council priorities.
“All the medical equipment is in place, waiting to be installed after completion of construction while recruited staff is working at the clinic offering light services like Covid-19 vaccination and baby weighing,” he said.
Council spokesman Mr Tichaona Mlauzi conceded that the clinic’s commissioning was behind schedule.
“We had to convert the beerhall into a clinic after a needs assessment as the Chinhoyi clinic at the terminus is now being overwhelmed.
“We are not stopping here as we intend to establish more clinics in other areas and expand existing ones at Alaska and Shackleton.
“The idea is to improve access to primary health care. To that effect, we recently recruited 12 nurses to bolster those already on the establishment,” he said.
The clinic brings to five existing health care facilities in the town and is going to service residents from Hunyani 1 and 2, Brundish, Chitambo and decongest the Chinhoyi Clinic. Herald.