During the 34th Cabinet meeting held on Tuesday, Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Constantino Chiwenga reported on MoHCC priority projects for the 3rd 100-Day Cycle of 2022, which were centred on water provision, electrification and construction of health posts.
VP Chiwenga said during the period under review, MoHCC managed to drill boreholes at 10 clinics and install water tanks at eight (8) of them.
“Drilling of boreholes was done at 10 Primary Care Clinics, the drilling and installation of boreholes and 5 000 litre water tanks had been completed at 8 health facilities, namely: Chiwundura, Lower Gweru and Nyoni Clinics in Midlands province; and Cuba, Mafindifindi, Gavhunga, Mukarati and Murambwa Clinics in Mhondoro Ngezi District of Mashonaland West Province,” said VP Chiwenga.
Dr Chiwenga pointed out that as part of electrifying health facilities across the country, the Ministry has managed to install solar power systems at seven (7) clinics mainly in Matabeleland North Province.
“Pertaining to the installation of 5 KW Solar Power systems at 10 Primary Care Clinics, the Ministry has installed the solar power at the following 7 health institutions, Fanison Clinic in Nkayi District; and Chunga, Nansengwa, Sinakoma, Chinego, Pashu and Siadindi, all in Binga District, Matabeleland North Province,” said Dr Chiwenga.
Turning to construction of health facilities, VP Chiwenga Chomutukutu Health Post in Rushinga District was almost complete, while construction of three (3) other Health Posts was yet to start. He added that Binga Hospital mortuary refurbishment was underway and upon completion it would have double capacity.
“The construction of the Chomutukutu Health Post in Rushinga, Mashonaland Central Province has reached 95% completion, while construction works on the other 3 Health Posts at Nakaluba and Mpambe in Binga District; and Chikunguru in Hurungwe District are still to commence.
“The refurbishment of Binga District Hospital Mortuary stands at 85% of completion. Upon completion, the mortuary will have double capacity,” said VP Chiwenga.
Lastly, Dr Chiwenga said the country had embarked on a first-round polio vaccination programme which was synchronised with neighbouring countries and at the same time journalists were trained on the Polio Vaccination Campaign.
“Under the Polio Supplementary Immunisation Programme for Children under 5 years, which was scheduled for 27 to 30 October and in synchronisation with neighbouring countries, the nurses have been trained. Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials have been produced, and 30 journalists have been trained on the Polio Vaccination Campaign,” said Dr Chiwenga.