The very busy Borrowdale Primary Care Clinic is nearing the end of an extensive renovation programme co-ordinated by the Stratford Community Trust. The clinic tends to around 150 patients every day from the area as well as patients from neighbouring suburbs like Chisipite, Crowhill and Hatcliffe. They offer pre and post natal care, attend to a host of opportunistic infections, and offer wound and burn dressings, vaccinations and immunisations and basic pharmaceutical facilities, TB and malaria screening, among many other services. They also do HIV testing, CD4 counts and dispense HRVs. For more serious cases they provide referrals to other hospitals.
Thanks to Dulux, who donated the paint, the old grimy walls inside that were last painted several decades ago have got a fresh coat of paint. The outside has been painted a terracotta colour that matches the facebricks. The doors have been painted a vibrant violet colour with brand new smart signage attached. The painting was done by three volunteers from the community – Darlington Chivisi, Stephen Size, and Timothy Muzanehomo.
Parade Fabrics helped out with the fabric for new curtains in all the windows which are neat and clean. Borrowdale Residents and Ratepayers Association (BRRA) assisted with new curtain rails. The staff have asked for new curtains to screen off the beds for private consultations but this is yet to happen.
The clinic had not had hot water for years but a new solar geyser has been installed so hot water is now available again. Halsteds Building Supplies assisted with plumbing materials for the water system. The outdated electrical wiring and the inadequate lighting has been upgraded by High Voltage so it’s now safe and working properly.
The old vinyl tiles on the floors which were peeling off in places, difficult to keep clean and not very hygienic are in the process of being replaced with new ceramic tiles thanks in part to a very generous donation from Bathroom Boutique who supplied 200 square metres of tiles and also helped out by supplying the tile grouting and adhesive at a very reduced cost. The total meterage required is slightly more so BRRA are fund raising to cover the additional tiles plus extra details like edging strip. Hopefully cake sales, jumble sales and donations from the community will help cover the expenses.
The expert floor tilers are from City of Harare and local municipality workers sorted out the toilets and fixed the ceilings after BRRA took care of the leaks in the roof. So it’s really been a successful collaboration between council and the community. The majority of people complain about poor service delivery in Harare yet few are willing to commit to helping out. This renovation project is proof that if the community pulls together and works with council things can improve dramatically, benefitting all of us.
And it’s not just the building that has a new lease on life – the attending staff are revitalised too. The Sister in Charge reports that the staff are more enthusiastic and more willing to ‘go the extra mile’ for patients knowing that the community supports and appreciates their hard work. And the patients are happier too. Miss Magunde, who has been attending the clinic for around three years, says she has noticed that the staffs’ attitude has improved tremendously and she feels more confident of receiving the best treatment. Gertrude Pedzisa, another patient there for a check up for her young child, reports that she’s very encouraged to see a positive change inspired by caring people in the community.
For more information visit the clinic at the Round House (the Borrowdale Council offices) or email: [email protected]