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    Dr Makurira gets Civic Honour Award

    From left Masvingo Town cleck Adolf Gusha,
    Dr Phineas Svondo Makurira, Rosemary Makurira
    and Masvingo Mayor Colleen Maboke pose for a photo.

    TAWANDA HOMBA

    MASVINGO – Dr Phineas Svondo Makurira, one of the first black medical doctors to practice in Masvingo has been granted the Civic Honour Award by the Local town Council for his immense contributions in various capacities to the good of the City.
    The Civic Honours Award is given to a member of the community to celebrate contributions made towards public work and development over a long period.
    Dr Makurira received the recognition at a function held at Charles Austin Theatre on Friday last week and the conferment was given by Mayor Collen Maboke
    Dr Makurira who also runs one of the first private clinics in the City has been a part time medical officer of the City since 1986. Council also noted that the establishment of Makurira Clinic brought relief to the city in terms of provision of medical services to the residents.
    Makurira Clinic provides 24hour service, wider choice of medical service, it attracted specialists from outside the city and nurtured young doctors just entering into practice.
    Dr Makurira is also credited with influencing the opening of several pharmacies in the city including some of the early ones.
    Council regarded Dr Makurira’s contribution in the fight against HIV and Aids as the most significant service he made to the city and the country at large. Dr Makurira was at one time the vice chairman of the National Aids Council.
    He flew the flag of Masvingo high by serving on many national and international boards to do with health, said the citation on the prize.
    Council also conferred the alderman status on Councillor Selina Maridza who has served council for more than 10 years and she becomes the second woman in Masvingo to get such an honour.
    The confers were persuaded by the Town Clerk Adolf Gusha.
    Dr Makurira was born on July 7, 1952 and attended Gresham Primary School in Zvishavane for the period 1958 to 1965, his ordinary level was at Luveve Secondary School in Bulawayo and did his A level at Fletcher High School, Gweru.
    He qualified as a Medical Doctor from the University of Zimbabwe in 1978 and he is a member of various professional institutions.
    In his acceptance speech Dr Makurira said that it was a great honour and a humbling one to him and his wife mai Kundai and staff of Makurira Memorial Clinic.
    “It’s a complete surprise for we least expected the honour. For medical practice is our daily activity that we carry out like every worker does without expecting any Honours Award. As I reflect on the recognition bestowed on me, I said to myself what did I really do to deserve this? The answer perhaps lies in the history and development of Makurira Memorial Clinic. Its genesis began in January 1984 when my wife and I decided to start private practice. There were two motivations to set up the practice. First, there was the need to offer highly personalized health services to our community of Masvingo. Our mission is to improve the health of the people we serve by providing a comprehensive range of exceptional high –quality medical services that are convenient, timely and accessible underpinned by a well-motivated ethical and compassionate staff.
    ‘’At this stage, let me turn to the question of employment creation. The workforce has grown from a mere four workers to the current 60, made up of three doctors , two administrators, 16 nurses , one radiographer, seven nurse aids, two IT specialists, etc,” said Dr Makurira.


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