Walter Nyamukondiwa Chinhoyi Bureau
A stand-alone opportunistic infections clinic has been opened in Zvimba to offer localised healthcare services to more than 1 000 people on antiretroviral treatment.
The clinic will help in decongesting the Tobacco Research Board Clinic in Trelawney, which was now serving about 17 000 people.
The OI clinic is an offshoot of a mobile outreach programme that led to the initiation of many people on anti-retroviral treatment.
Speaking at the official opening of the clinic in Trelawney on Friday, Zvimba South National Assembly member Cde Walter Chidhakwa said the clinic is a relief to staff and patients alike.
“The construction of this clinic came at the right time.
“It has increased the delivery of service to patients by reducing their walking distances, transport costs and adherence,” said Cde Chidhakwa in a speech read on his behalf by Mines and Mining Development Deputy Minister Fred Moyo.
“The long term impact will be a healthy community kicking out the HIV/Aids pandemic.”
The Zvimba Rural District Council clinic, however, faces staff shortage as there are no supporting posts.
It also faces drug shortages caused by a low allocation against high demand which often results in stock- outs.
Before construction of the clinic, drugs were being taken to Banket Hospital, about 30 kilometres away for safekeeping.
The clinic was built by farmer Mr Duncan Miller.
Mashonaland West Minister of State Cde Faber Chidarikire said access to healthcare services is key in poverty alleviation.