An Opportunistic Infections Clinic which will also double as an antiretroviral therapy services centre has been commissioned in Trelawney, Zvimba South constituency.

The clinic was constructed by farmer Mr Duncan Miller who handed it over to Zvimba Rural District Council.

The facility will serve an estimated population of about 16 800 people.

Over 1 100 HIV patients on antiretroviral therapy will benefit from the opportunistic infections clinic at Tobacco Reserach Board, Trelawney.

Zvimba South legislator Cde Walter Chidhakwa said in a speech read on his behalf by Mines and Mining Development Deputy Minister Cde Fred Moyo that the facility will enhance service delivery to patients.

He however bemoaned resource constraints, especially human capital shortage at the clinic.

Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs Minister Cde Faber Chidarikire described promotion of health care services as a necessary step towards poverty reduction.

Zvimba district medical officer Dr Terence Dandadzi reminded people living positively with HIV to seek art services regardless of their CD4 count, in line with the new World Health Organisation treatment guidelines.

The Tobacco Research Board Trelawney Opportunistic Infections Clinic is the only stand alone clinic in Zvimba that offers such services.

Other opportunistic infections clinics are incorporated within hospitals.