Refurbish polyclinic, Chiredzi told
Tawanda Mangoma in CHIREDZI
Chiredzi Town Council has been challenged by Government to refurbish the town’s polyclinic to improve health delivery at the institution in line with the local authority’s quest to attain municipal status by 2023.
Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs Ezra Chadzamira said council should take advantage of the ongoing uprading of Chiredzi Polyclinic maternity wing to facelift the whole health institution.
The maternity wing at the polyclinic is undergoing refurbishment after well-wishers from within and without the sugar cane growing town mobilised financial and material donations for the project.
Among the donations for the polyclinic was an ambulance, water tanks and paint that came from businessman Mr John Manganye who contested the Chiredzi West parliamentary seat, as an independent candidate.
Speaking during a tour of the polyclinic recently, Minister Chadzamira said council should broaden its focus from only revamping the polyclinic’s maternity wing leaving the rest of the health facility in a dilapidated state.
“The martenity ward at Chiredzi General Hospital is overwhelmed and we must come up with quick solutions to avert a disaster at the referral health institution through making sure the polyclinic is upgraded,’’ he said.
“I want to pay tribute to one Mr Manganye who hails from this district for donating an ambulance, water tanks among other items for Chiredzi Polyclinic.
‘‘Council must complement this move by overhauling the while health institution by building new modern toilets, replace worn out tiles among other things that will make our patients feel comfortable in a modern health facility.’’
He said the town’s population had expanded over the past decade calling on council to up its game in response to the demographic changes.
“Chiredzi district has recorded a significant growth in population hence the need for quick intervention. We must save our expecting mothers by providing a safe and more comfortable maternity wards in this town.”
“This is one district which has the potential to underpin the growth of our Gross Domestic Product because of its rich industrial potential thanks to the multi-million dollar sugar cane industry here. We have a solid workforce base but it needs to be protected.’’
Council chair Councillor Gibson Hwende assured Minister Chadzamira that the local authority was committed to investing in infrastructural development.
“We are striving towards attaining municipal status by 2023. For this dream to come true, we need to prioritise upgrading our road network, medical facilities and sewer and water reticulation systems,” he said.
“Currently we are rehabilitating the water distribution system. We completed resurfacing of West Road and now we are working on Warth Road.
‘‘We promise that within a few years, our polyclinic will be the best in the province as we have already budgeted for renovations this year.”