Sengezani Clinic in Gwanda has gone for over one year without electricity and water, a development the community says has seriously compromised service delivery at the health facility.  

Following the breakdown of a transformer that services the clinic, the rural health centre has been operating without electricity since December 2016.

The absence of power has also affected a water pump that supplies the clinic, further compromising health care services at the facility that benefits 1035 households from ward 14 as well as villagers from surrounding areas.

Community members who spoke to the ZBC News complained that the health centre is facing challenges in refrigerating some of its medicines while maternity services are being seriously compromised.

The clinic also accommodates about 15 women at the mothers waiting shelter at any given time.

“Thousands of people are benefiting from this clinic but it has gone for over a year without power. Why are our lives not being taken seriously? We are really frustrated by this issue because our leaders are really failing us,” said Mr Cephas Sebata

“As a woman, I am saddened to see pregnant mothers and the staff at the clinic walking long distances to fetch firewood and water. This is not good at all,” said Sithabile Ncube.

Ward 14 Councillor, Cde Phineas Maphosa said after approaching the power utility, ZESA over the matter, a new transformer has since been sourced.

He however expressed concern over delays in installing the transformer.

“Ii was hoping that by this time power would have been restored because the transformer is now there. The local political leadership even volunteered to provide transport and mobilise community members to provide power but nothing has happened so far,” he said. 

The clinic is currently relying on other sources of energy such as gas, generator and firewood to function including sterilising equipment.