Emmanuel and Ruth Makandiwa are vessels through which God’s Love flows into the lives of thousands of people, and mostly to the less privileged. Not only do they preach but also practice, in an amazing way, the teachings that they give on showing love and compassion to others. And recently, they shared the love of God with the people of Mahusekwa in Mashonaland East Province, Zimbabwe.
According to a report published by the World Health Organization, in 2008, 65% of healthcare services in Zimbabwe were provided by the public sector. The severe social and economic challenges since that time, and mostly in the recent past years, have resulted in an unprecedented deterioration of health care infrastructure, loss of experienced health sector personnel, and a drastic decline in the quality of health services available for the population (who.int).
With the community being in a rural setting, a lot of people in Mahusekwa with various ailments where not able access proper healthcare or buy medication due to financial constraints. Emmanuel and Ruth Makandiwa noted the need in this community and facilitated for a solution that would see hundreds of people benefiting from it.
After the program was cleared by the relevant medical authorities, on the 21st of February 2020, the UFIC Health Department was sent by Emmanuel and Ruth Makandiwa to conduct a free Medical Outreach in the community of Mahusekwa at Mahusekwa District Hospital in Mashonaland East Province, about 68 kilometres from Harare.
The team that conducted the medical outreach comprised of seven medical doctors (amongst then two specialist doctors), many nurses (some who specialized in midwifery and renal nursing).
When the team arrived, well over 300 people where already gathered at the Mahusekwa District Hospital for the Free Medical Outreach Program. The huge turnout was a sure sign that that there was a need in the community. The UFIC Health Department worked around the clock in order to keep the work flow and not break in attending to the patients.
A total of 573 people received free medical consultation and medication. The conditions that were attended to included hypertension, diabetes mellitus, osteoarthritis, heart failure, allergic conjunctivitis, migraine headaches, asthma, peptic ulcer disease, epilepsy, psychiatric illness (mental illness), gastro-esophageal reflux diseases, thyroid related conditions, lipomas, cystic skin masses, sexually transmitted diseases, gynecological and pregnancy related conditions.
On the day, four surgical procedures were also done, (each of the surgical procedures valued at $3800 in the private sector). They also performed specialized eye or ophthalmic examinations.
Emmanuel and Ruth Makandiwa’s deeds are inspired by true love and have the power to shine even in the darkest of places and they bring a resurgence of new hope, strength and comfort.