Hundreds of villagers gathered at Sitezi Clinic in Mtshabezi on Saturday afternoon to receive free medical aid from a non-governmental organisation, Hope for Mtshabezi Trust.
Most of the villagers were overjoyed at receiving free medical health care after walking long distances to reach the clinic.
“We have brought in five specialist doctors to attend to patients as well as 14 nurses,” Pharo Dube, the trust’s director, told NewsDay on Saturday.
“Villagers here find it very difficult to access health care. They have to travel long distances to reach the clinic. As you can see, they came on foot and others had to use scotchcarts to get their medication.”
He said the medication was sourced by United States-based Zimbabweans, who hail from the Gwanda area.
“They sent us tables and then we asked doctors to volunteer to attend to patients,” he said.
Most of the doctors that volunteered came from Cuba, he said.
“Cubans are taught the importance of voluntary work while still at university,” Dube said. “They are always willing to help when we ask them to.”
Besides offering free medication, the organisation also gave food hampers to patients.