oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Mazowe rural council health services

Volume 30, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The Rural Council covers an area of 2500 sq. kilometers with an approximate population of 57 400 people, embracing a broad spectrum from peasant squatter to wealthy landowner. 70% of the rural population is under 15 or over 40 years and this results in sociomedical problems in the form of disrupted families, mental ill health and the high prevalence of sexually transmitted disease. There is an overall physician ratio of 7000:1 in Zimbabwe, but this belies the fact that many rural areas are severely underdoctored � There is no doctor in this area. Again the overall daily calorie supply per capita of 108%. of body requirements hides the widespread undernutrition in the rural areas.

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