The government has said that the shortage of hospitals in the Matabeleland provinces is a result of the sparsely populated areas. This follows complaints about the lack of adequate health resources in the provinces with some villagers walking up to 15 km in order to access medical care. Speaking on the World Population Day on July 11, Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) director Munyaradzi Murwira said
I think it’s a combination of factors, the first issue with southern provinces especially Matabeleland Province was that they have lower primary health care facilities and a lot of their services are supposed to accessed either through community-based distributors, community-based health workers or through outreach services, so you find people walking 10 to 15km to get to the nearest health facility.
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