Commander 5 Infantry Brigade, Brigadier- General Simo Maseko
Shurugwi – The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has completed construction of RTGS$6 480 000 solar-powered clinic in Shurugwi thereby drastically reducing the distance that patients walk to the nearest health centre.
The construction of Munikwa Clinic which is in Ward 1, Shurugwi North was financed by Tongogara Rural District Council and labour was provided by villagers. Munikwa Clinic is now complete with furniture, power, fence and all plumbing done.
However nurses will in the meantime be staying at the nearby Munikwa School as their accommodation is still to be built.
A handover ceremony for the clinic from ZNA to the local authority attended by The Mirror was conducted on Friday in the presence of the local MP Robson Nyathi.
The project was completed in the shortest possible time as the Army raced to have a facility that could also be used in the fight against Covid-19. Construction started in November 2019.
Nyathi hailed ZNA, Tongogara RDC and the villagers for a job well done as patients walked 15km to the nearest clinic.
“I am elated that this project is completed. There is a shortage of ambulances here and in many cases I had to use my party car to ferry patients to hospital,” said Nyathi.
Brigadier General Simo Maseko who handed over the clinic said that it was the ZNA mission to help with the construction of public infrastructure including clinics.
“This solar-powered clinic is ready for use. This is not our first time to work with Tongongara RDC as we have constructed schools and clinics before. We will be back to build nurses’ and mothers’ waiting shelters,” said Brigadier Maseko.
Tongogara RDC chairman Tamiswa Njovhana hailed the Munikwa community for their dedication to work.
“Here is a fully functional clinic with furniture, fence, electricity and all plumbing done. We are expecting to open three other clinics before the end of this year,” said Njovhana. https://masvingomirror.com