In a significant humanitarian effort, the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA), in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Child Care, has initiated a campaign to provide free eye cataract surgeries in the Midlands Province. This initiative marks a departure from the ZNA’s primary role, demonstrating its commitment to support civilian health initiatives.
The campaign, focused on alleviating cataract-related issues, will see the army’s medical team perform one hundred free surgeries across Shurugwi, Zvishavane, and Chirumhanzu districts. The initiative underlines the ZNA’s expanding role in public health, extending beyond its traditional remit of national security.
The medical team, comprising professionals from the ZNA and the Ministry of Health and Child Care, is currently stationed at Shurugwi Hospital and will operate from November 11 to 12, 2023. They will then move to Tongogara Polyclinic to continue their services from November 13 to 15, 2023.
Alongside the medical outreach, the ZNA is conducting routine military training exercises in these areas. This dual approach reflects the army’s ability to balance its security duties with community health responsibilities.
The ZNA’s involvement in public health services is seen as an innovative step towards integrating military resources in civilian welfare activities, showcasing its capability to contribute positively to societal needs.