Petros Zivengwa Herald Correspondent
TRAVELLING for over 30km to access health services will soon be a thing of the past for at least 13 000 people in Magunje constituency after the legislator for the area, Dr Godfrey Gandawa, built a new hospital at Mudzimu Business Centre.
The construction of the hospital, which is almost complete, will bring a sigh of relief to the villagers in wards 12 and 13 of the constituency, who used to travel long distances to Chidamoyo Mission Hospital and Hurungwe District Hospital for treatment.
The new hospital is expected to open its doors in two months’ time.
National Assembly member for Magunje, who is also Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology Development, Dr Gandawa said he was committed to bringing health services to the villagers’ doorsteps in line with the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim-Asset).
Dr Gandawa said the hospital had the capacity to ease the health-related problems in his constituency. “The hospital has male and female wards, maternity ward, dental, laboratory and administration offices. There are only two hospitals in the constituency and this hospital will help, not only people in Magunje, but those from all corners of the country,” said Dr Gandawa.
He said Government was committed to improving the livelihoods of people living in rural areas, especially access to health services, food and nutrition.
“I want to assure people that Government will remain committed to people’s needs. The reason why l mobilised funds to build this hospital is because I realised the shortage of hospitals in the country and my people had to walk long distances to get treatment for various ailments,” he said
He said that it was heart-rending that his people walk more than 34km to seek medication at Chidamoyo and Hurungwe hospitals.”
Dr Gandawa also pledged to provide the best services at the hospital, which is expected to be complete in two months’ time.