MORE than 300 Chivhu villagers recently received free medical examination and drugs at Madamombe Clinic in Chikomba West constituency.
By Miriam Mangwaya
The free medical service was facilitated by Chikomba West legislator and specialist physician, John Chamunorwa Mangwiro, in partnership with People at Heart, a non-governmental organisation.
Eight medical doctors, specialists and 21 nurses from various health institutions participated in the initiative where chronic diseases such as diabetes were diagnosed, with villagers being educated on how to care for their health.
Mangwiro, who is also Health and Child Care deputy minister, has been providing free medical examination and health awareness campaigns in several areas around the district.
He said it was important to ensure that the less-privileged people in communities have access to adequate healthcare.
“I am a philanthropist by nature and have been doing various projects which benefit the community. Availing medical assistance is not politically driven. I have realised that most underprivileged rural dwellers might not afford hospital fees for routine check- ups, hence these periodical availing of medical doctors in their locality,” Mangwiro said.
The beneficiaries said it was helpful for them to have free medical check-ups and drugs since they could not afford the exorbitant charges at hospitals.
Irene Jojo (60) of Munyengwa village said: “I managed to consult a medical doctor for free for a health aliment which had troubled me for some months, because I could not afford hospital fees.”
Mangwiro, who is the president of the International Diabetes Federation for Africa region, is currently fundraising towards the construction of Madamombe Clinic as part of his social corporate responsibility in promoting medical access in rural communities.