By Martin Muleya
RUSAPE- The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services medical outreach programme which started in 2013, in Murehwa, Mashonaland East province is now back in full force.
The Commissioner General medical outreach took a nine year sabbatical due to budgetary constraints, and has been reignited after the organization got financial injection from Government.
Speaking on the sidelines of the medical outreach, Personnel Staff Officer in the office of the Commissioner General, Chief Superintendent Godwonders Maguneyi, said his organization was currently undertaking clean-up campaigns in Chimbike community as a dress rehearsal for the health outreach programme.
“Our aim is to give health assistance to communities in Chimbike area of Rusape.
“We have this programme for the first time after nine years of existence. It started in 2013 in Murehwa, Mash East province. This is a corporate social responsibility premised on promoting health communities in Zimbabwe.
“Our coming to Manicaland province is not the end of it all but we will rotate all the provinces in the country,” explained Chief Spt Maguneyi.
Maguneyi added that the medical outreach programme is targeting to visit at least the seven provinces in the country minus the three metropolitan provinces, which are in dire need of health services.
“After this outreach we will have a post mortem review and make some corrections. After this that is when we will have a look at the remaining nine provinces but our special emphasis is on eight provinces because we believe our metropolitan provinces (Harare and Bulawayo) have adequate resources to meet their health needs than the other provinces,” he emphasised.
Maguneyi highlighted that ZPCS Health Directorate selected Chimbike area which is in ward 23 after they found out that people in the area were walking long distances to access health care services.
Meanwhile villagers in the area appreciated government for the program saying it has eased them to easily access health care services and clean their area.
We are grateful for the efforts that Government is extending towards us in terms of accessing health care services.
This medical outreach offers us an opportunity to get medically examined and being dispenses medicines free of charge in the comfort of our homes. We wish if this programme could be done annually for all of us to benefit in the community, said an elated Silas Tsikaurere.
“We are grateful for this medical outreach programme by ZPCS. We hope many of us will turn out in their large numbers for this once in a lifetime opportunity we have been afforded by His Excellence President Emmerson Mnangagwa through Commissioner General Moses Chihobvu,” said Latina Chivandu.
As part of the dress rehearsal for the big day, the ZPCS embarked on a clean-up campaign at Chinyamahumba Primary School, Dope secondary School as well as Chimbike business centre which will be the main centre of attention tomorrow.