AS part of its ongoing efforts to improve access to health facilities and improve the health delivery system within all the city’s suburbs, Bulawayo City Council (BCC) is planning to renovate a house in Emganwini suburb into a makeshift clinic.
The move to turn a house into a makeshift clinic came after the local authority said it has no budget for the construction of a proper health facility in the suburb.
Emganwini is the only suburb in the city without a council clinic.
According to a recent council report, this was also after Bulawayo Residents Association (Bura) and the Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA) petitioned the local authority over lack of health facilities in the suburb.
The minutes stated that the department through a meeting with residents from Emganwini suburb had received a request for the construction of a clinic as follows:-
“The chairman (Bura) informed the meeting that there was no health facility at Emganwini suburb, following a residents meeting they agreed that there was a need for a clinic to provide health care services to the people of Emganwini suburb and its surroundings.
“They approached their local Member of Parliament Honourable P. (Phelela) Masuku who indicated that he could assist source funding amounting to three million eight hundred thousand dollars ($3 800 000.00) for the construction of the clinic through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
“The residents further agreed to make donations to the construction of the clinic and also to approach various organisations and individuals to make contributions to the project. The chairman explained that the clinic was to be constructed on council site earmarked for a clinic and hence the clinic was to remain a Council property and residents were partnering council in the construction,” reads the minutes.
It emerged that after consultation with the Director of Housing and Community Services Doctor Khumalo, the cost of constructing a clinic was US$3 million and $3,8m was insufficient to complete the project.
The Director of Housing and Community Services further advised that constructing the clinic in stages was also costly as there were various overhead costs that could be incurred including security costs.