Over 2 000 people from Buka, Mushandike and surrounding areas in Masvingo West received free medical check-ups and treatment, during the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) community week.

The gesture was well received by the communities who hailed the ZDF.

For the many villagers who cannot afford the doctors fees, let alone the bus fare to travel to the referral health centres, having free medical checks and treatment right at their door steps was a welcome development.

A team of health personnel from the ZDF who included doctors, spent a week at Buka Clinic in Masvingo where they attended to the over 2 000 patients.

Wing Commander Edmund Kaseke, the Deputy Director Health Operations at the ZDF headquarters, said the initiative which is done yearly is their way of giving back to the communities.

“We and the communities are like fish and water that need each other to survive. That is why we are here today helping the community of Buka,” he said.

Villagers from Masvingo West who benefited from the initiative applauded the ZDF for the assistance.

“We really want to thank the ZDF for such an initiative. So many people had no access to clinics and hospitals due to economic hardships so they ended up dying cause of that,” said some of the beneficiaries.

Travelling long distances to access health care services is a common feature for the rural communities who have often called for more hospitals to be constructed in their areas.