The Ministry of Health and Child Care says 14 doctors and 200 nurses will be deployed in Matabeleland South this year, in a move that is expected to see the improvement of service delivery in public health institutions.

This came out during the official opening of Dula Clinic in ward 11 Umzingwane district this Thursday.

While most communities have taken the initiative to improve access to health care services through the construction of clinics, the critical shortage of staff  has seen service delivery at the health facilities being compromised as nurses are sometimes being overstretched.

Ministry of Health and Child Care provincial medical director Dr Rudo Chikodzore revealed that the current establishment of health personnel will be boosted by 200 more nurses to compliment the 1 350 operating in the province while 14 more doctors will join the 31 currently working at various stations.

There was consensus among community members, council representatives and the local political leadership who attended the official commissioning of Dula Clinic that through unity development can be realised.

Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage Minister Cde Abednico Ncube reminded local authorities to prioritise the improvement of the standards of living of citizens in both planning and programming .

Dula Clinic was built at a cost of US$37 000 with most of the money coming from CAMPFIRE proceeds.

The clinic will benefit 8 villagers with about 1 000 households.