SANGANO Clinic in Makoni Central – which for the last three years has been grappling with electricity problems after breakdown of its transformer – was yesterday lit up following the installation of a brand new device.
The clinic last had electricity in 2018, and calls for the sitting legislator, Mr David Tekeshe (MDC-T) to replace the malfunctioning transformer were all in vain until the latest gesture by Zanu PF DCC member, Cde Shepard Nyika.
The 50KVA was installed by power utility Zesa.
The clinic, which serves about 3 600 households in Ward 19, desperately needed electricity for vaccine refrigeration, lighting, communication, medical appliances, clean water supply and sanitation.
Cde Nyika, who last week donated another transformer at Nyahukwe Clinic in Ward 20, said: “Access to electricity improves individuals’ quality of life, facilitates community services like health, education, the environment and income as it enables business to effectively serve rural populations.
“It is difficult to keep trained health personnel in rural areas, but reliable electricity can provide highly valued life-style amenities such as light, broadcast entertainment and access to water,” said Cde Nyika.
Ward 20 Councillor, Cde Stephen Chikono said vaccines and other medicines no longer go to waste.
“Without proper electric lighting, most medical treatments could only be conducted at daytime. Emergency maternal cases at night were illuminated by dim lamps, candles or torches. This is what this community has been crying for since 2018,” he said.
Cde Nyika also donated 25 cubic of quarry stones and cement to Dumbamwe in Ward 20 for reconstruction of a bridge linking Dumbamwe Secondary and Madziwa Primary Schools, which was destroyed by heavy rains.