Residence here in Muswera community in Chipinge have hailed the United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe for maintaining the local clinic.

The clinic which was build under Constituency Development Fund was handed over to the church in 2012.

Kudzai Myambo said the church has managed to keep the standards adding that the clinic has saved a number of people.

“This clinic is in hands of God because the hospital staff is committed since 2010,” said Myambo.

One James Musonza said people were coming in their numbers to seek medical attention at the clinic.

“We have seen people coming from as far as Checheche to seek medical attention,” he said.

A local councilor said the clinic has improved the health system in the community.

“They used to walk long distances to go clinics but now we have it and the church has done their best to save the life of people,” he said.

He urged several churches to follow such steps taken by UCCZ to make sure the people are served.

President of the UCCZ, Reverend Edward Matuvhunye,  said on the official opening of the church they promised quality health delivery.

“We told them that the church would ensure that quality health services are delivered to the community, which is mostly affected by diseases such as malaria.I think we have gone miles in achieving that,” said Matuvhunye.

“A number of people from this area have been dying from preventable and treatable diseases such as malaria.,” he said.

Rev Matuvhunye said his church had served Chipinge district for more than a century and was happy with the level of confidence shown by the local community.

The clinic, was officially opened by the then Health and Child welfare minister, Henry Madzorera in 2011.

Patients were paying US$5 to access services, an amount which contributed towards the salaries of the health staff and other employees.

Matuvhunye said they had successfully registered the clinic with the Ministry of Health.