The Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church is constructing a clinic at Checheche in a move meant to reduce pressure on the few health facilities in Chipinge South constituency.

Chipinge South constituency, which has about 80 000 people with Checheche growth point accounting for about 20 000, has only having seven health facilities.

In an interview during the groundbreaking ceremony of Checheche Adventist Clinic, Constituency Manager in the Office of the local legislator, Mr Isaac Shumba, thanked the SDA Church for supporting government programmes to cater for the welfare of its citizens.

“We thank the SDA Church for supporting the government in spearheading developmental projects. The number of health institutions in the area cannot effectively serve the many people in the constituency so this initiative by the church is welcome. Checheche growth point has more than 20 000 people while the constituency has more than 80 000 people,” said Mr Shumba.

SDA East Zimbabwe Conference President, Pastor Arnold Marunze said the church chose to construct the clinic at Checheche basing on demand, adding that the donor is a singing group within the denomination.

 “We have discovered that it is critical to preach through works. We chose Checheche because we were checking on areas that have less health facilities in the country. Our plan is to have the clinic commissioned in January [next year] after the completion of the first phase of the project. A total of $100 000 will be channeled towards the project,” he said.

The coming on board of the church and other players in the construction of health facilities and schools will certainly have a positive impact in improving the lives of ordinary people.