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BCC tells residents to build own clinic

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Bulawayo mayor Thaba Moyo has told residents of Emganwini to fund the construction of a clinic in their neighbourhood because the local authority has no plans for a new health centre.

This follows reports that 15 years ago, the residents fund-raised for the construction of a clinic, but the project stalled even though they had acquired a stand from council.

“The local authority has its own plans of setting up clinics in every suburb and that is done by looking at the catchment area,” the mayor said.

“Emganwini residents fall under the Nketa-Nkulumane catchment area and those are the clinics they have to use.”

Moyo said since residents had acquired a stand, they would have to use their own resources to construct the clinic.

Earlier, co-ordinator of the Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association, Rodrick Fayayo told NewsDay residents of Emganwini complained of walking long distances to council clinics in Nkulumane and Nketa suburbs.

“Emganwini has been in existence for a long time now, but they do not have a clinic in the suburb,” Fayayo said.

“They rely on clinics in neighbouring Nketa and Nkulumane which are far and are already overwhelmed by patients from other surrounding areas.”

Dumisani Nkomo, chief executive officer of a Bulawayo-based civic society group, Habakkuk Trust, confirmed his organisation had partly funded the acquisition of the stand.

“Emganwini residents successfully applied for a stand from the Bulawayo City Council, which they now have. However they are still seeking funds for construction,” he said.

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