The Government of Zimbabwe is committed to provide adequate social infrastructure for new settlement that have been established across the country.
Speaking yesterday at the handover ceremony of Stoneridge Clinic and 40 ambulances in Harare yesterday, President Mnangagwa said it was disheartening that the people of Harare South had no adequate infrastructure.
“My Government is unwavering in its commitment to accelerate the provision of adequate social infrastructure for new settlements which have been established around our cities as a result of urban expansion. In this particular case, it is disheartening that the people of Harare South have suffered from limited access to social service infrastructure since the establishment of this community,” said the President.
The President added that his Government was committed to implement reforms in the health sector to ensure access and affordability of health care. He said:
“I am honoured to officiate at this ceremony marking the handing over of the state-of-the-art Stoneridge Health Centre as well as 40 ambulances and an assortment of medical equipment. Since the advent of the Second Republic, my Government is implementing comprehensive reforms within our country’s health delivery system to enhance access to and affordability of health care,” added the President.
President Mnangagwa informed that the construction of the Stoneridge clinic was made possible by the public private partnership between the Government of Zimbabwe and the Britain-based NMS Infrastructure LTD.
President Mnangagwa said altogether 30 clinics will be built around the country through the US$200 million loan facility from the United Kingdom government, itself another sign of the success of the Second Republic’s re-engagement policy.
Accompanied by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care, Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube, the President, who toured the facility that was designed and built by locals, directed the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works to ensure that social amenities were provided to the community.
“Modern and people-centred projects must be rolled out informed by our targets outlined in the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1) and the aspirations of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The timely completion of this Stoneridge Clinic by NMS Infrastructure Limited will go a long way towards servicing the people of Harare South and surrounding communities. It will further reduce the distances travelled by our people to access healthcare, especially women and children,” said the President.
The commissioned clinic has an outpatient, maternity, and in-patient facilities.