BY SINDISO DUBE A Bikita community under Chief Marozva has welcomed the opening of Uyerera Clinic, which will serve over 3400 villagers who used to travel more than 20 kilometres to the nearest health facility.
Chief Marozva born Ishmael Mudhe said the clinic, which was built through assistance from Bikita Minerals and has now been renamed Shumbaimwe, fulfills his late father Philip Mudhe’s dream to bring healthcare services closer to people.
“I would like to thank the community, local leadership and Bikita Minerals for chipping in when it had seemed impossible for us to build the health facility,” Chief Marozva said.
“Government has also not forgotten us as they have promised to give us an ambulance.”
Villagers also said the clinic which consists of an outpatient wing, HIV treatment and counselling, Covid-19 testing and maternal wards, has brought relief to the elderly in the community.
“We used to walk 20km to get to the nearest clinic.
“We want to thank all stakeholders that made our dream of having a healthcare facility closer to our homes a reality,” said a villager, identified as Juliana Mugova.
Sticking to their promise of continuing community projects left by their predecessor AMMS, Sinomine Resource Group donated a 12.2KVA solar system to power up the clinic.
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“Already, we are set to start construction of a 110km 132KVA power line from Tokwe at a cost of US$20 million and will employ about 1000 people,” said the mine managing director, Wang Jianhua.
Since taking over Bikita Minerals, Sinomine Resources has promised to invest US$200 million to boost production and exports.