The Department is headed by the Director Health Services.
The department is made up of two major sections, the Environmental Health section and Clinical section under the direct supervision of Assistant Director of Health- Environmental and Assistant Director Health – Clinical and Nursing Services respectively.
To work towards achieving excellence in Health Care by December 2018 and beyond.
To provide, promote and advocate for the provision of accessible and acceptable quality Primary Health Care (PHC) Services to the people of Kwekwe economically, efficiently and effectively with full participation and involvement of community members emphasizing on prevention and health promotion activities.
- THE ENVIRONMENTAL SECTION
This section is responsible for the following functions.
The department licenses shops, business and other related trades. In liaison with Liquor Board, the department recommends issuance of liquor licences ranging from Bottle Store to hotels.
Terms of references
- – Shop licence Act (Chapter 14:17)
- – Kwekwe Registration of Premises (SI 502 of 1979)
- – Kwekwe Trading by laws (SI 101 of 2005)
- – Kwekwe Hawkers and Vendors by laws
1.2 Waste Management
This consists of street cleaning, collection and disposal of refuse. Solid waste is collected once per week from residential and daily from Central Business District and Markets.
Clinical waste is collected from Council and private clinics including private hospitals three times a week. Management of dumpsite is done in close liaison with Works Department.
Terms of reference EMA ACT (Chapter 20:27)
1.3 Pest Control
Pests of public health significance are the major targets of the pest control programme.
To facilitate accessibility of pest control attendants by ratepayers, the attendants have been deployed to Amaveni, Mbizo and Central Business District.
1.4 Water Quality Monitoring
Water samples are collected twice a month from sentinel points to monitor if treated water meets WHO standards. The results are shared with Works Department which is responsible for water treatment. Good water quality pumped to accessible points by residents is Councils high priority key result area.
1.5 Service Slaughter at Municipal abattoir.
This was established by Council to prevent fuelling of uninspected meat in the community and in turn prevent zoonotic diseases. Food animals are slaughtered under stringent hygiene conditions, inspected by competent meat inspector and graded at a fee.
1.6 Administration of vendors and flea markets
The City has a total of 1253 vendors consisting of vegetable and flea market vendors. A proportion of 62% operate in the Central Business District (CBD), 33% in Mbizo while 5% operate in Amaveni.
Criteria for issuing licence to a vegetable vendor.
- – Should have a current Medical Examination Certificate.
- – They should have police clearance for criminal record.
- – Should submit 2 passport photos for him/ herself.
Revenue in the markets is collected by three Clerks in the CBD, one Clerk each for Mbizo and Amaveni.
1.7 Management of Cemeteries.
The City has two old and four active cemeteries. The active cemeteries consists of the following:-
- – Two high cost (Central) cemeteries, one in Msasa and other one along Gokwe road.
- – Two low cost cemeteries, Mbizo and Amaveni cemeteries.
While the two old cemeteries in Amaveni and CBD are inactive, infrequently, relatives of the deceased who reserved graves conduct burials in these cemeteries.
1.8 Public Conveniences
A deliberate effort has been made to provide both public and pay toilets for the convenience of the public both in high density areas and in the Central Business District.
THE CLINICAL SECTION
The City has four clinics providing Primary Health Care (PHC) Services with an extended role into the Community including school and pre-school health services.
City’s health Department has four council clinics which are manned by nurses who are 98% midwifery. Of the four clinics, three operate 24 hours per day. These do deliveries and also some outpatient emergencies. All four clinics offer a comprehensive package which include;
- Outpatient Services.
- Antenatal and Postnatal Services.
- Maternity Services.
- Family Planning Services.
- Growth Monitoring and development.
- Expanded Programme on Immunization
- STI programme
- Integrated Management of childhood illnesses.
- Health education.
- Disease Surveillance
- Tuberculosis programme
- Disease surveillance
- HIV and AIDS initiatives including P.M.T.C.T
All centres initiate ART
The department continues to carryout and continuously strengthen disease surveillance activities and timely investigation of cases suspected to be suffering from infections conditions.
Risk assessment has become part of the routine activities.
School and Pre-school health services and follow up to the risk in the community are the extended roles carried out by all clinics.
The facility started as a crèche in 1951. In 1981, it was advertised to be a women’s Clinic providing antenatal classes for pregnant women, family planning, growth monitoring and development as well as immunizations using part of the building. It therefore became a promotive and preventive centre.
In 1988, through the services of a community health nurse, the clinic became a base for operating outreach services to at risk in the community and for school and pre-school health services.
As the population in the low density suburbs continued to grow, Council introduced personal health care services.at this clinic.
All clinics provide comprehensive PHC package. While the other 3 clinics provide 24 hour services, Al Davies clinic operates during the day only and does not offer deliveries despite the fact that the clinic offers antenatal care services.
Mbizo 1 Clinic
The second oldest clinic is situated in section 1 of Mbizo suburb next to a shopping centre and to Chiedza primary school.
Mbizo 11 Clinic
As expansion of Mbizo suburb continued, population trebled and Mbizo Clinic became very congested. Residents were also travelling long distances. In response, Council converted a crèche building into a clinic, Mbizo 11 Clinic. The Clinic started operating in 1992 and was officially opened by Honourable Minister, Dr T. Stamps, in 1994. The clinic has the largest catchment area and therefore very busy.
The Clinic started in 1962 in the oldest suburb of Amaveni which lies in the Western side of the City. When established, the Clinic was using one of the residential houses which were later converted into a clinic.