Residents of Makokoba suburb and surrounding areas got a rare opportunity to access free medical treatment following a partnership between the local member of parliament and the Chamber of Chinese Enterprises in Zimbabwe (CCEZ).

‘If Mohammed cannot go to the mountains, then the mountains will come to Mohammed’ is what they say, and such is the story as hundreds of people, mainly the elderly thronged Efusini in Makokoba to seek free specialist medical attention during the two day event with indications some came as early as 4am in order to ensure they are attended to.

A total of 20 medical doctors, with 6 of them Chinese and 20 nurses volunteered their services while medication was also freely distributed through the CCEZ.

In an interview after going through a check-up, himself house of assembly representative for the constituency, Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube revealed that the idea to hold the programme came about after the realisation of the plight of residents especially the elderly who could not afford to seek medical attention at hospitals.

Executive vice chairperson for the CCEZ Mr Wang Yong revealed that their funding of the event was part of the Chinese businesses in Zimbabwe’s way of paying back to the locals for their support.

Head of the Chinese medical team, Dr Tan Yijing whose team has been in the country for the past two years revealed that their aim was to assist grassroots people access medical attention.

Those attended to were all smiles and expressed their gratitude for the programme in ensuring they could have their ailments attended to.

Owing to exorbitant medical fees, many have found seeking professional attention for their ordeals an almost impossible task with others losing their lives in cases that could have been dealt with only if they could afford the charges.