CHIREDZI – Chiredzi Rural District Council (CRDC) is prioritising development of health facilities from the RTGS $18 million it received from the Devolution fund.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Mirror, CRDC Chief Executive Officer, Ailes Baloyi said they are prioritising the construction of health facilities in order to address the challenge whereby people had to travel long distances to access health facilities especially in this era of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Historically people used to travel long distances to access health facilities so we decided to address this problem and construct clinics. Health facilities are a necessity, especially in this era of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Baloyi.
A total of 8 clinics are currently being constructed using devolution funds and these clinics are Gudo which is in ward 1, St Joseph ward 2, Masivamele ward 8, Gwaseche ward 7, Turkey heart ward 28, Rusununguko ward 32, Makanani ward 13 and Neromwe in ward 27.
Baloyi also said construction of the clinics is already underway and will be completed by the end of this year.
CRDC chairman Edward Matsilele said that the move to construct clinics came after they realised that pregnant mothers were facing challenges of accessing health facilities.
“People were facing challenges of accessing health facilities especially pregnant mothers who were forced to travel long distances to clinics,” said Matsilele.
Ward 32 Councillor, Aspect Mashingaidze said his ward had already received their share of devolution funds aimed at developing Rusununguko Clinic.
“We have already received our share of devolution funds amounting to RTGS 2. 3 million and we hope in one month’s time the construction would have been completed,” said Mashingaidze.