Wimbainashe Zhakata Post Correspondent
MUTARE district administrator Mr Wilson Boore has hailed the Zimunya-Marange community for pulling resources and labour towards the construction of Madanga Clinic.
Their efforts have camouflaged shortcomings of the local community share ownership trust.
Speaking during the project assessment tour on Tuesday, Mr Boore appreciated efforts by villagers of Ward 22 (Mupudzi-Murare) area, in Mutare South, for working tirelessly to make health facilities accessible in the area.
“Villagers in Ward 22 are doing very well by helping to construct Madanga clinic, which is almost complete. I want to thank these villagers for providing locally available material such as concrete, water, pit sand, river sand and labour, which is an indication that they are responsible and are stakeholders in the project,” said Mr Boore.
Madanga Clinic project that started in July 2015 was mainly funded through the Marange-Zimunya Community Share Ownership Trust at an estimated cost of $290 000.
The project also received a boost from the Mutare South Constituency Development Fund (CDF), which facilitated construction of two blair toilets, waiting area, and purchased materials for clinic block, paint, glazing and construction of staff houses.
The villagers said Madanga Clinic will occasion easy access to health services.
Some villagers used to walk 17 km to nearest health facility.
Project chairperson Mr Artman Manyana said: “We have been have been struggling to access health services; the nearest centre is Bezeley Bridge clinic, which is 13km away from the Mupudzi-Murare area. Other villagers from Munyarari, Muromo and Bwizi travel for 17km”.
Mutare Rural District Council official Engineer Drought Musungo said the construction of the clinic was being funded through the Marange-Zimunya Community Share Ownership Trust.
“Some of the cost has been cut by villagers who provided locally available materials such as concrete, river sand, bricks and labour,” he said.