Gokwe’s Katema community benefited from the Zimbabwe Defence Forces community assistance week through the construction of a clinic, a development that brings health services closer to the people in that area.

The commissioning of the Katema clinic in Gokwe South was a short in the arm as Katema residents would walk for more than 25 km to access the nearest clinic.

People who stay in the area expressed joy over the completion of the Katema Gokwe South Clinic a project that they started about 6 years ago and was taken over by the Zimbabwe national army.

Minister of defence and war veterans’ affairs Cde Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri who commissioned the clinic commended the Zimbabwe defence forces for their efforts to develop communities and urged the Katema community to maintain the health facility.

“As we hand over the health facility to the community it is our sincere hope that the clinic will go a long way in alleviating the plight of the entire surrounding communities,” she said.

Apart from safeguarding the nation and providing security, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces roll out various projects under the banner of the defence forces community development initiatives and the Katema clinic becomes one of the fruits of these community projects said the Commander Defence Forces General Phillip Valerio Sibanda.

“iri ibasa ratinoita kuti ruzhinji rezimbabwe rizive kuti tine mauto edu. Munguva ino yedefence forces community weekmauto edu vana chiremba vachabatana nevamwe vana chiremba vemunyika kurapa vanhu mahara,” he said.

The commissioning of the facility came along with free health screening and treatment at Katema clinic by ZNA doctors.