Mt Pleasant Clinic undergoes expansion

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Mt Pleasant Clinic undergoes expansion Mt Pleasant Clinic expansion underway


The City of Harare (CoH) has started work to expand Mt Pleasant Clinic to turn the facility into a polyclinic which will offer more health services such as maternity to residents.

Peter Tanyanyiwa Suburban Reporter

As part of the expansion project, the health facility will be turned into a solar powered polyclinic as the city embraces green energy solutions. 

The expansion of Mt Pleasant Clinic is expected to bring relief to residents of the area particularly those in need of low cost health services. 

Council will invite specialist doctors such as orthopedic surgeons and physicians to render services to the people. 

In an interview, Harare Mayor Councillor Jacob Mafume said the municipality is in the process of improving all its health care facilities so that they can accommodate more people and facilitate the treatment of a wide range of medical conditions. 

“We are the centre of primary health care and this expansion will make sure that we have more polyclinics which are the equivalent of district hospitals. It’s very critical that we continue broadening our health services as a city. 

‘‘This will protect our communities from infectious diseases and other diseases which need immunisation. As you know most services at council clinics are free of charge. 

‘‘Council clinics also play a pivotal part in the ARV (anti-retroviral) treatment and we saw it necessary to expand these health facilities,” said Cllr Mafume.

The move to expand Mt Pleasant Satellite Clinic into a polyclinic will ensure diversification of services offered by the city in this area therefore creating a one stop shop health facility for residents. 

City of Harare health director Dr Prosper Chonzi said the city has about 20 percent of Zimbabwe’s population and should have more polyclinics which are the equivalent of district hospitals.

“Harare is the largest province in the country with almost 20 percent of Zimbabwe’s population and should ideally have more than 10 district hospitals,” he said. 

Council polyclinics offer cheaper maternity services at a fee of US$25, expecting mothers can access ante natal care, delivery, post-natal care and immunisations until the new born child is five years old. 

The polyclinic will go a long way in improving both financial and physical accessibility of maternity services to residents of Mt Pleasant. 

The upgrading of the city’s health services will allow council to provide secondary level healthcare and therefore to some extent reduce the need to refer to the quaternary level of care.

The building of more polyclinics and the expansion of existing clinics into polyclinics will ultimately result in decongestion of the quaternary hospitals, which offer advanced level of specialised care.

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