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Calls for COVID-19 integrated approaches in Mash-Central

A non governmental organisation has called for an integrated approach to tackling Covid 19.

The call was made by Roots Africa during a mobile clinic outreach which it conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Childcare at Nzvimbo growth point in Chiweshe, Mashonaland Central province this Saturday

The outreach clinic sought to enhance access to sexual reproductive health services during the Covid 19 lockdown.

Roots Africa Projects Officer Junior Gambira said the outreach service follows the observation that Covid 19 is being tackled in isolation from combating other pandemics.

‘A few weeks ago we launched what we call an integrated approach to fighting Covid 19. We want to safeguard sexual reproductive health and not just focus on Covid 19 fight only so we are integrating other pandemics like HIV. Today women are getting family planning services, HIV testing, those on ART are getting servives and immunization of children,’ said Gambira.

Gamibra said they also initiated discussions on gender based violence and tackled early child mariages in group discussions.

Beneficiaries welcomed the mobile clinic as they are facing difficulties in accessing health services during lockdown.

‘I have beneffitted a lot today because people are not allowed to travel during this lockdown but I came here, got tested and got medication,’ said Martha Kadaira.

Another beneficiary, Teurai Majome from Majome village said she had received training on how to mamange gender based violence under lockdown.

‘ As a woman I learnt a lot about gender based violence and what to do if faced with such a situation. I can go and report to the police and also I can seek guidance and counselling,’ said Majome.

Scores of people managed to benefit from the clinic while observing social distancing and safe Covid mitigation guidelines on line with WHO standards.

Mashonaland Central is one of the hotspots for gender based violence which is on the increase during this lockdown period.

Tendai Guvamombe