By Shingirai Vambe
Karoi- Hurungwe community has this time been remembered by private hospitals in the fight against maternal health through a donation of an autoclave machine, used to sterilize medical equipment such forceps scissors etc.
Medical Investments Limited (MIL) and friends made the donation to Tengwe Clinic in Hurungwe which is part of the yearly campaign by the group to raise awareness and funds towards improving maternal health in Zimbabwe.
The donation came at a time when the country is moving towards development of clinics in rural areas where majority had home based deliveries and some on their way to the clinic due to long distances in-between.
Resources were put together before, during and after a campaign drive by Avenues Clinic Run for a Cause campaign.
MIL comprise of St Clements Clinic, Avenues Clinic and Laboratory and its Chief Executive Officer, Heath Dhana, who graced the occasion.
“Without the efforts of the MIL, the campaign drive would not be achievable. When we were approached by Angels foundation for Doctors and Nurses, to assist access to heath for the less privileged communities, the group was happy to direct all proceeds collected from last year’s run (2021) towards a the worthwhile cause” said Dhana.
Tengwe Clinic which caters for over 50 deliveries per month has been operating without a functional autoclave for years, posing risk to mothers giving birth.
The machine is used to sterilize equipment using elevated temperature and pressure killing bacteria.
Acting sister-in Charge at the clinic Mr Kademudanga welcomed the donation. He said they were forced to travel 50km to Karoi to have their equipment sterilized and with the condition of the roads it was costly for them considering the number of deliveries per day, week and month.
Group Corporate affairs Manager Cordellia Shereni told this publication that the partnership between Avenues Clinic, Angels Foundation Zimbabwe, Doctors and Nurses on a mission project is aimed at combating mortality rates and improve maternal health for women through equipping marginalized hospitals and Clinics with beds, maternal equipment and accessories.
“The run which started 3 years ago is yielding results and making great strides over the period since 2019” Shereni said.
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