A call has been made for the government to increase health care facilities in Chiredzi’s rural communities as many are walking long distances while others are dying due to lack of access to health care services.

Despite being the biggest ward probably for the whole country with more than 23 000 people, for the past 20 years, the people of Zvemombe area in Chiredzi north ward 16 had no clinic.

They had to walk several kilometres to access health care services.

It was thus an emotional moment when a groundbreaking ceremony to construct the first clinic in the area was conducted.

The villagers testified how difficult it was for the community to access health care services especially for women and children.

Chiredzi Rural District Council promised to complete the construction of Zvemombe Clinic in time despite the prevailing financial challenges.

“We understand that this area has been marginalised for long, however, this time we are going to prioritise you by ensuring we finish this clinic in time. Our biggest challenge are the finances though we are going to make sure they are availed in time,” said Chiredzi RDC chairman Mr Edward Matsilele.

The people of ward 16 deserve to be rewarded by the Zanu PF party and government considering how they topped countrywide in terms of votes and as promised under the new dispensation developments are coming to the area, said north legislator Cde Roy Bhila.

“It is unfortunate that these are the people who always vote for us, however, in terms of development they continue to lag behind, this time around under the new dispensation development is coming their way,” he said.

The issue of access to health care facilities is not only a challenge in Zvemombe area as the whole district also requires these facilities.