Chiredzi Town Council has commissioned the area’s Poly Clinic maternity wing with the capacity to cater for nearly 1 500 women per year, a development aimed at decongesting Chiredzi General Hospital maternity wing.

Despite having an average of 350 deliveries per month, Chiredzi General Hospital maternity wing has only one delivery room with three delivery beds, making the situation dire as some women have to share one single bed with their new born babies.

Commissioning the refurbished Chiredzi Poly Clinic maternity wing which has the capacity to cater for nearly 125 deliveries per month, the Minister of State for Masvingo Province, Cde Ezra Chadzamira challenged private players in the district to partner with the government towards improvement of lives of people in the community they operate.

“We are happy today as we commission Chiredzi Poly Clinic maternity wing. However, I call upon private players who operate in this area to partner with the government in improving health service of the people in communities they operate in,” he said.

Chiredzi district medical officer, Dr Brian Dhlandlara said the coming in of the revamped maternity wing is expected to decongest Chiredzi General Hospital which has been overwhelmed compromising quality of care.

“Our maternity ward has been overcrowded as there are limited beds against the population the hospital caters for. So the coming in of Chiredzi Poly Clinic has relieved us as we expect improvement in terms of quality of care,” he said.

The issue of access to healthcare facilities remains a challenge in Chiredzi district as a whole considering the limited number of health institutions in the area.