An under five clinic, currently being built under the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE) programme is expected to ease access to health services in Kandezu village, Traditional Authority Kabunduri in Nkhatabay, where the next health facility is almost 18 kilometres away.
During a recent visit to Kandezu village, team leader for GEWE project in the district, Robert Vwara said the clinic will also accommodate pregnant mothers.
“The clinic has five rooms, we are hoping we will have a clinical officer or a nurse or even a nurse given now that they too have been given the authority to dispense certain kinds of medication.
“It has not been easy, women travelling long distances just to get to the next health facility was not pleasing at all. Sometimes mothers struggling to transport their sick children to hospitals, but with the coming of this clinic some of these issues will be of the past,” he said.
Vwara said the clinic will have a nurses’ house.
Chairperson of the project clinic, Effet Msiska added: “If we are saying people’s health status need to improve and have access to health facilities within their localities then this is it. Otherwise it has not done us any good by having one hospital which is also very far from here.”
GEWE was a three year project being run with funding from European Union. It was being spearheaded by ministry of gender together with UNFPA.