Government has commissioned Fumukwe Clinic in ward 18 Matobo district, in a development that reduces the distance the community travels to access health facilities.
The construction of Fumukwe Clinic tells a story of what a community can achieve if it works with a common vision to develop its area.
It is this vision that saw locals, the diaspora community and Matobo Rural District Council (RDC) mobilising resources in 2015 to begin the construction of this critical infrastructure.
Mr Daniel Sibanda, a member of the Fumukwe Clinic committee said the project which has gobbled $100 000 is now in its fourth phase.
“We were walking long distances to Bezha Clinic. The area is mountainous hence a high record of snake bites, so we are excited about this development,” said Mr Sibanda.
He further added that as a council they resolved in year 2015 that every ward should have a clinic in their communities with the aim to improve access to health care services.
World Vision Zimbabwe contributed US$60 000 towards the construction of a maternity block, plumbing of the health facility, installation of a piped water system and equipping of the rural health centre.
Also another non-governmental organisation , Fambidzanai, provided fencing material for the project.
“We appreciate the community for allowing us to be part of this project. We hope this clinic will be of benefit to children, mothers and the community at large,” Mr Ndlovu said.
Government paid tribute to the diaspora community for mobilising R500 000 towards the clinic project.
The Minister of State for Matabeleland South, Cde Abednico Ncube said it is that kind of spirit which will help in ensuring that the country achieves vision 2030.
“The transformation of our communities to healthy ones will positively contribute stabilisation programme and achieve specific sustainable development goals,” he said.
Fumukwe Clinic which is the second in the ward will benefit about 3 521 people.
The community envisages a situation whereby the new facility will in the near future be transformed into a hospital.