As the country moves towards achieving the 90-90-90 UNAIDS targets, a call has been made for the establishment of more healthcare facilities in Masvingo province especially in Mwenezi district where there are very few hospitals.

The people of Mukugwe and Mazetese have to travel more than 50 kilometres to access the nearest health facility at Chirindi health centre.

The roads are bad and in many instances the villagers resort to scotch carts.

This points to a shortage of health care centres not only in Mwenezi district but in Masvingo province as a whole, resulting in many people on anti-retroviral therapy (ART) defaulting on their medication.

The people of Sovelele area said they need proper health care facilities which cater for their health needs.

The shortage of healthcare centres in Mwenezi has resulted in many children being born HIV positive as many mothers miss out on antenatal care.

Mwenezi District AIDS Coordinator, Mr Renias Ndlovu and Batanai HIV and AIDS Service Organisation Field Officer, Ms Kumbirai Mahaso said for those born HIV positive, the default rate remains high at 15 to 20 every quarter.

Statistics show that Masvingo province has an HIV prevalence rate of 12.8 %, but a number of interventions among them intensive HIV campaigns are being carried out in the province targeting key populations and hot spot areas.

The UNAIDS 90-90-90 target calls for countries to ensure that by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their status, 90 % of people diagnosed HIV receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.