Marapira community in Gokwe-Kana has hailed the opening of Katema Clinic saying the new clinic will reduce the distance pregnant women and the elderly people travelled to access basic health.

The opening of Katema Clinic has brought a huge sigh of relief to the community which has been travelling distances of between 20 and 30 kilometres to the nearest health care facility.

The new clinic will service a wider population of more than 15 000 villagers.

The community is upbeat that the clinic will go a long way in reducing maternal deaths as most women in the area were giving births at home or on their way to the nearest clinic.

Speaking to ZBC News, some villagers could not hide their joy saying the new clinic is a welcome development that will improve their access to basic health care and reduce deaths in the area as many people died due to lack of access to health care.

Legislator for Gokwe–Kana constituency Cde Owen Ncube said the construction of the new clinic is a milestone achievement.

The Katema Clinic was constructed by the community with the help from their legislator Cde Ncube who sourced building material engaged experts from the army to assist in the construction of the clinic.

Before the construction of the new clinic, villagers were travelling to Lupane or Kana Mission Hospital to access basic health care services.