Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa has described the new political dispensation as a positive development that will open up opportunities for social and economic change in critical areas such as the health sector.

He said this while officially opening a $500 000 clinic in Norton’s Marydale suburb.

Dr Parirenyatwa said the commissioning of the Roman Catholic owned St Padre Pio Polyclinic is a positive beginning under a promising regime.

He urged communities to undergo examinations for non communicable diseases, such as cancer which he said is affecting over 7000 people annually.

Roman Catholic Church Cleric Archbishop Robert Christopher Ndlovu of the Harare Diocese urged the Norton community to have a sense of ownership in the facility built through donor funding from Italian based organisation, Africa Tremilla.

Norton legislator Mr Temba Mliswa commended the polyclinic staff for the professional way they are running the institution.

The polyclinic offers integrated health care services including maternity, opportunistic infection management and treatment services for non communicable diseases.