A church service has been held for the victims of the Jimila road traffic accident which occurred on Saturday evening.

The send off service was held at Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo.

Matabeleland North Provincial Medical Director Dr Nyasha Masuka said the province is saddened by the loss of the 21 members of the anti malaria control team.

Provincial Chairperson of the Department of Civil Protection in Matabeleland North, Ms Latiso Dlamini took time to explain to the bereaved families that each family will receive $1000 for burial arrangements.

She said 13 bodies will be transferred to St. Lukes Hospital in Lupane to reduce the cost of travelling to Bulawayo by the bereaved families.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Retired Brigadier General Dr Gerald Gwinji said his Ministry no words to describe the loss they have suffered through the accident and encouraged the bereaved families to look up to God for strength.

The Ministry is already mourning the death of former Health Minister Dr Timothy Stamps as well as the death of the former Deputy Minister Dr Aldrin Musiiwa who both died recently.

Government officials who included Zanu PF leadership from Matabeleland North Province, church denominations, traditional leaders and bereaved families attended the church service.