More than 1500 people from Masvingo City have benefited from a week-long medical outreach programme by the Seventh Day  Adventist Church.

The church brought in a team of medical doctors who attended to people with various ailments.

Access to health services has become limited for many people who cannot afford the medical fees charged by health practitioners.

It is in this light that the week-long medical outreach programme by the Seventh Day Adventist church in Masvingo attracted more than 1500 people who needed treatment and medication.

The medical outreach programme ran concurrently with a lifestyle awareness programme.

Masvingo Provincial Medical Director Dr Amedeaus Shamhu, who officially opened the outreach programme, applauded the church  for partnering the government in the provision of health care for the country’s citizens.

“The SDA church has done outstanding work in many areas. Zimbabweans also need to take care of their health,” said Dr Shamhu.

SDA church president for the Zimbabwe Union Conference said the church will continue in its endeavours to complement government efforts in improving the health care sector, with the churches health ministries director for Southern and Indian Ocean  Division Dr Bangwato Sikwa emphasizing the need for people to live healthy lifestyles as a preventive measure to some diseases.

“We may not really say the church is doing enough, but we just need to continue helping. There is still more that can be done. Prevention is the best way we can have a healthy nation,” Dr Sikwa said.

The outreach programme which started on Monday will run until this Friday.

Members of the community who got free treatment and medication applauded the church for their efforts.

The SDA church holds such programmes at least once a year in all the country’s provinces on a rotational basis.