Health State of roads delaying vaccination deliveries – Tsholotsho
By Edward Mukaro
TSHOLOTSHO residents have decried the shortage of COVID- 19 vaccines at most vaccination-designated posts in particular Wards, a scenario that has seen residents walking for many kilometres to receive the jab.
According to details from a recent Heal Zimbabwe Community Peace Clubs (CPCs) virtual meeting, communities in Tsholotsho North have expressed concern over the prevailing situation.
Heal Zimbabwe noted, “Participants noted that most clinics in Wards 4, 8, 1 and 5 have run out of the vaccines and this has seen many people travelling to Tsholotsho centre where the vaccines are readily available.
“Here n Ward 8, most clinics have run out of vaccines and most of us here are still waiting for the second dose. People are being forced to travel long distances to Tsholotsho centre where the vaccines are readily available,” said one participant.
However, state of the road network has been blamed for the shortage of vaccines.
More recently, Ministry of Health officials failed to access Ngamo clinic in Ward 3 because of the poor road network. This delays distribution of vaccines to health centres located in some remote wards,” another participant stated.
Most communities in Zimbabwe are warming to the idea of getting the jab, ignoring myths surrounding vaccination, which surfaced way before the globe began vaccinations.
As of 18 August, Zimbabwe had recorded 121 498 cumulative cases, 15 480 active cases, with 101 837 recoveries, presenting a recovery rate of 84 percent.
Vaccinations done on the same day were 47 809 (first dose) and 43 572 (second dose), while, while cumulative vaccinations stood at 2 193 346 (first dose) and 1 205 922 (second dose).
The virtual meetings by Heal Zimbabwe are part of efforts to empower local communities to help safeguard against human rights abuse and also help build peaceful communities.
Heal Zimbabwe utilises various strategies to address conflicts in local communities to discuss and collectively identify ways through which they can proffer solutions to problems in their communities.