The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints working with the government on Friday handed over a maternity facility at Mbembesi clinic in Insuza to the community. The facility cost US$230 000 to build.
The building work on the site started in July with support from the Rural Based Fund (RBF) and the church took over the construction of the maternity shelter in 2022.
The shelter comprises a delivery room and post-natal area complete with furnishings, showers, toilets, a sluice room, a hot water geyser and solar power.
Medical equipment which includes a prenatal scanner and various other equipment was also donated.
The church also replaced walls and ceilings, refurbished the interior and exterior of existing buildings, and repaired toilets and plumbing.
Speaking during the handover of the Clinic, the Church Representative, president Mzingaye Ndlovu said:
When we got here, we inquired what we can do to assist in finishing up the clinic.
There was a clinic block that we assisted in finishing up and we started other blocks.
We built houses for the clinic staff and we also put JoJo tanks.
We put a solar system that is not only powering Mbembesi clinic but it’s connected in a way that it feeds to the ZESA grid to assist other communities.
Minister of State for Matabeleland North and Provincial Affairs, Richard Moyo, commended the church for building the maternity shelter.
He said the construction of the maternity shelter was the fourth project the church has done in Umguza. | CITE