Shot In The Arm For Rujeko Clinic

THE Avenues Clinic has handed over an assortment of hospital equipment and maternal health consumables at Rujeko Polyclinic in Dzivarasekwa a move which is set to boost maternal health management at the institution.

By Michael Gwarisa

The hospital handed over the equipment at an event held at Rujeko Polyclinic in Dzivarasekwa. Speaking at the hand over event, Avenues Clinic Avenues Clinic Chief Executive Officer, Mr Searchmore Chaparadza said the move was in line with the Avenues Clinic’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) drive to improve maternal health service delivery in the country.

As a leading healthcare service provider offering maternal health to  the society, The Avenues Clinic is well placed to step forward and bring awareness, focus and sponsorship towards the improvement of maternal health.”

The donation by The Avenues Clinic included 2x Delivery Beds,8x Cot beds, 1x complete unit Gas stove, Maternity pads, Cotton wool, Curtains ,1x Heater and a big wall clock to record times of birth. During a tour of the facilities one of the Matrons indicated that the facility will benefit greatly from the donation because they did not have a single cot bed for post-natal mothers.

Prior to the donation, mothers and their newborns would share the hospital bed with their newborn babies, a situation which is not encouraged for the safety of the new born.

The Avenues Clinic last month donated hospital equipment to Chipinge district hospital in an effort to better equip the facility which saw patient numbers soaring after the devasting effects of Cyclone Idai destroyed other health facilities in the Chimanimani area.

Harare City Council Head of Epidemiology and disease control Dr Kudzai Masunda applauded the Avenues for extending a helping hand to Rujeko Polyclinic which he said is significantly under resourced given the maternity patient cases the clinic deals with that average up to 250 deliveries each month.  The clinic used to be an old farmhouse which was converted into a clinic with no structural adjustments done to cater for the new setup.

Mr Chapradza added that maternal health should be treated as a national emergency and given the attention it deserves.

“I would like to start by thanking  you for receiving us well and awarding us this opportunity to come within your community and do the best we can in assisting on improving maternal health.As The Avenues Clinic we noted that, Maternal health in Zimbabwe continues to be a major concern. According to 2018 statistics released by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), over 2 400 women die while giving birth every year and yet 80% of these deaths can be prevented.

“As a healthcare service provider within the field of health and offering maternal health to  the society, The Avenues Clinic is well placed to step forward and bring awareness, focus and sponsorship towards the improvement of maternal health, through a run,” said Mr Chapradza.

A few moths ago, the Avenues Clinic launched the Run for a cause campaign against maternal deaths in a bid to raise awareness on maternal health issues.

“We sourced for support from various organisation and we happy that we got great support and responses from sponsors like, Nyaradzo Funeral services, Marsh Insurance Brokers Zimbabwe, Nedbank Zimbabwe, Doves Funeral services, Fidelity Medical Aid Society and Nestar Ambualances.

“We conducted our Run on the 5th of May which by the way had an overwhelming turnout. The Harare community came out in their numbers to support this cause. All the funds that were collected from the runners were then channeled towards assisting a facility that we would identify with their needs.”

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