B.C.C receives Mobile Clinic

By Yemurai Kanhukamwe

The Bulawayo City Council (B.C.C) on Thursday received a new fully equipped mobile clinic donated by the Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) after the two signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the city in its HIV response including HIV prevention and treatment.

Deputy Mayor and Councilor for Ward 1 , Mlandu Ncube , speaking at the handover ceremony said the fully equipped medical bus will help the city with the response to the Covid 19 pandemic .

“The city of Bulawayo strives to be a leading transformative city by solving problems that can improve the livelihoods of the citizens and improving the health care facilities. The city is aiming to achieve the herd immunity in terms of the COVID-19 vaccination program and we are grateful to the AHF who donated the mobile bus. The bus will help people to get vaccinated especially those who stay far from vaccination points”.

Director of Health Services , Dr Edwin Sibanda , said the donation will ease the provision of HIV/AIDS health care services throughout the city .

” Bulawayo works as one and this bus will accommodate all citizens. It will benefit everyone in the city. It will be much more easier to offer health services using the mobile bus and no one should be left behind with the new development at hand”.

According to AHF Country Director Dr Ernest Chikwati the donation was made after noticing how residents in the city’s populous high density suburb , Cowdray Park , were experiencing challenges in accessing health care services with institutions located in distant locations.

“When we started supporting Cowdray Park we noted that the area is very vast and the clinic is located at a far place from the residents. This caused challenges in terms of service delivery since other patients had to travel long distances to be offered medication. The mobile health clinic was also influence by increasing population in Cowdray Park”

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