Women in Malalume Village in Plumtree walk 24 kilometres while carrying babies on their backs to get two cups of supplementary porridge and attend baby clinic.
The nearest clinic for the villagers is Nswazwi clinic where they have to travel twice a week.
As a result, the villagers teamed up and with the help of local children in the diaspora, and a non-governmental organisation and soldiers started the construction of a clinic in the area.
The Malalume Clinic building committee chairperson Fidelis Sola revealed this to Minister of State in Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga’s Office, Eveline Ndlovu who was the guest of honour at the clinic’s fundraising function on Saturday. He said:
Our women are travelling 24 kilometres to and from Nswazwi Clinic, which is the closest, to get a donation of two cups of porridge.
Villagers also travel the same distance to seek medical services. Faced with the problem, we decided to construct this clinic.
It’s a community project funded by our children in South Africa and Bulawayo.
We also received assistance from the Community Development Fund from the late former legislator Lungisani Ndazi Nleya to build a staff cottage and paint it.
Ward 14 councillor Delani Mabhena said that the completion of the project has been hampered by the shortage of water. Said Mabhena:
We are supposed to build two more staff cottages to make them three as per government requirements.
At the main clinic structure, we are left with the ceiling, plumbing and window panes. Roofing was done by the army.
Our problem is water because the community-funded borehole has run dry. We are appealing to a borehole that will serve both the clinic and the community.