Conway, who was travelling with his wife, Jen, received a warm welcome at the clinic from the Director in the Health Department of Bulawayo City Council, Zanele Hwalima, who presented a wish list to the Canadian delegates.
“As with most institutions in the country, we are faced with a number of challenges. For instance, we need to get a new small laundry machine to wash our linen because all the 29 clinics are dependent on the laundry machine at Thorngrove Clinics. We also need scales, medicines and chemicals for sterilising our equipment and cleaning the clinic to keep it safe for our patients,” said Hwalima.
The visit was facilitated by Zimbabwe Development Democracy Trust which works with a Harare-based Rotarian, Rodney Beadon. It is in line with the Trust’s Local Authority Capacity Building Programme, which seeks to improve service delivery.
“We have been assisting rural clinics in Manicaland and we have therefore engaged the Ministry of Health to allow us duty free importation of our containers because we cover the shipment costs with donations,” said Conway.
The clinic has, in the past, received assistance in the form of solar lighting equipment for its maternity ward from a joint venture between Alternative Energy Consultants, Borrowdale Brooke division of Rotary Club, E-Club of London and ZDDT.Post published in: News