Rural women in Shurugwi have hailed the construction of Zvamavande mothers’ waiting shelter saying it has relieved them of the many challenges expectant mothers were facing.

The opening of the mothers waiting shelter at Zvamavande Clinic has brought joy and a huge sigh of relief to most women especially expectant mothers who reside far away from health care facilities.

When the ZBC News visited the mothers waiting shelter more than 15 expectant mothers were resident at the facility awaiting theirdelivery dates.

The expectant mothers described how difficult the situations have been for them walking long distances while in labour.

They expressed joy at now having to deliver under the care of health expects rather than deliver at home.

Naomi Mbengo former health centre committee member said the mothers waiting shelter is a milestone achievement that will avoid complications and help deliver babies safely.

Sister-In-Charge Phillys Nyoni said the mother’s waiting shelter has significantly reduced maternal deaths.

She added the facility meets international standards as it has electricity, running water, laundry room and a cooking area.

Zvamavande mothers waiting shelter can accommodate 30 pregnant women at any given time.

It was constructed to the tune of US$50 000 by a local non-governmental organisation Women’s International Coalition (WICO), the community and Tongogara community share ownership trust.