By Tonderai Saharo.

The hastily commissioned Runyararo North West End clinic has been closed down following the discovery of structural defects barely a year after opening.

Vice President Kembo Mohadi officially opened the health center last year.

The clinic was built using devolution funds and took less than a year to complete.

However, it was not inspected by building inspectors.

This led to a shoddy job being done by the private contractor.

The clinic served patients from the populous Runyararo West and Victoria Ranch high density suburbs.

However structural defects noted were deemed dangerous as they posed a threat for both staff and patients.

Multiple Defects

According to Council Internal Auditor Dorcus Makusha’s report the clinic started developing cracks on most of the walls.

Meanwhile the roof has also been leaking causing ceiling and wall damages.

“The clinic is using untreated borehole water while the solar panels were wrongly positioned hence providing inadequate power.

“Some windows were not properly functioning and they cannot be opened”, she says.

Currently, the clinic is not connected to the main sewer line.

Thus it uses a septic tank which is already releasing a bad odor at the health facility as the toilets are not flushing properly.

Among other defects the internal auditor said there was no privacy at the clinic.

The windows were not tinted and the clinic was operating without a hand washing basin at its antenatal section.

The entire clinics’ doors are also accessible by one key.

“This is a waste of resources and a health hazard to staff members and clients,” she noted.

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