President Emmerson Mnangagwa has expressed concern over the country’s high mortality rate which stands at 651 deaths in every 100 000 people.

Officially opening the Tariro Clinic and Youth Centre in Hopley Harare today, as part of commemorations to Mark World Population Day, President Mnangagwa said government is committed to ensuring safe motherhood including investing and strengthening skills of midwives among other measures to curb deaths.

The clinic has a functional borehole and a solar-powered water supply back up.

He said government has zero tolerance towards gender based violence which he said should end for the development of the nation.

“I urged communities to take advantage of counselling institutions and encouraged society to inculcate a culture of love, discipline and responsibility to curb such malpractices,” the President said.

President Mnangagwa said government will ensure women and young people live a better, healthier and productive life with access to essential health services as  well as initiatives that improve their lives.

“Government will ensure such facilities are availed in all communities,” he said.

He added that the country will conduct a national census in 2022 which is an important exercise that guides government in planning for various socio-economic programmes.

President Mnangagwa also reaffirmed government’s commitment to partnering the United Nations Population Fund in its development projects.

Tariro Clinic and Youth Centre were built through a skills development project supported by the UNPF, the International Labour Organisation, Harare City Health Department and Larfarge Cement.