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    Zimbabwe Defence Forces hands over Chingwizi Clinic



    SIMBARASHE MTEMBO

    CHINGWIZI
    - The Zimbabwe Defence Forces has handed over a $300 000 clinic that it constructed at Chingwizi Transit Camp where more than 23 000 people displaced by the constriction of Tokwe-Mukosi Dam are settled.
    The handover was made by the Commander of the Defence Forces, General Constantine Chiwenga to the Minister of Heath and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa.
    The clinic has a waiting room, maternity ward, admittance block and a mortuary.
    Although people at Chingwizi hailed the construction of the clinic, they bemoaned the critical understaffing at the health service centre.
    There are three nurses who serve the population of 23 000 amid reports that the camp has a higher rate of epidemic outbreaks with STIs', malaria, acute diseases, eye and ear infections.
    Masvingo Provincial Medical Director, Amadeus Shamu confirmed the critical shortage of nurses in an interview with The Mirror.
    "We are extremely grateful to the Zimbabwe Defense Forces for donating this clinic to the Ministry. It will go a long way in raising health services standards.
    "We however have the challenge of the critical shortage of nurses as we only have three of the whole settlement. W can't recruit new nurses at the moment because of the job freeze.
    There is a freeze from taking in more nurses and we have since approached the Ministry of Finance with applications for the establishment of Chingwizi center but they have not replied us yet," said Shamu.
    Chingwizi Transit Camp was established after the Tokwe Mukosi disaster which rocked the southern parts of Masvingo in 2014.
    Chingwizi councilor Takura Mudavose praised the defense forces for the clinic but again emphasized the need to employ more nurses.news

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