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Pregnant women fetching own water at Chingwizi Clinic

Cephas Shava

MWENEZI – Chingwizi
Clinic, the only health facility for thousands of people displaced by the
flooded Tugwi – Mukosi Dam back in 2014, is struggling to give quality health
services as it does not have running water.
Located
in Ward 13 Mwenezi East under Chief Chitanga, the facility was built by the
army after years of struggle.
The
clinic also serves many expectant mothers, making the water shortages all the
more serious a problem.
The
clinic currently depends on water supply from a borehole which is outside the
facility’s fence. The borehole produces salty water and is too heavy to operate
for pregnant women.
Ward
councillor Takura Mudavose said he had raised the issue with the Minister of
State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Ezra Chadzamira.
“The
absence of water there is a worrying problem given the number of people who
rely on that clinic. The borehole that is closest by is not efficient; it is too
heavy and it doesn’t produce good water. You can imagine the trouble,” said
Mudavose.
He
said he hoped plans by the National Aids Council (Nac) to pump water from
elsewhere directly to the clinic will materialise.
TellZim
News recently visited the remote area and spoke to many expectant mothers who
had bad stories to tell.
“You
have to go to the borehole with a container and fetch your own water for use.
The water is not good and you can hardly drink it. There is often not enough
water to wash your hands after visiting the toilet,” said one pregnant woman.
Since
their relocation to the area after the floods of February 2014, people in
Chingwizi have remained largely without access to basic necessities of life
despite endless promises by politicians.
Many
primary school children learn under deplorable pole and grass makeshift
shelters that make them vulnerable to the slightest changes in weather.

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