The Sunday News
Freedom Mupanedemo/Michael Magoronga, Midlands Bureau
FIRST Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa yesterday said Government released about $695 million towards improving the health delivery system and the country was on course to achieve a better health delivery system in line with the vision 2030.
Amai Mnangagwa who is also the Health and Child Care Ambassador said this while commissioning newly-refurbished wards and a new incinerator at Kwekwe District Hospital. The construction of the new incinerator and the refurbishment of the wards were done by Zimasco and Sable Chemicals respectively. Amai Mnangagwa said for the country to fully realise its health delivery goals, there was a need for the corporate world to help.
“Government this year committed around $695 million towards the health delivery system which will go a long way to attain quality service delivery, however, the Government alone the world over is not able to go it alone hence the private-public partnership initiatives,” she said.
Amai Mnangagwa applauded the two companies, for ploughing back to the community by prioritising a health institution which she said was critical to any community. She said Kwekwe District Hospital was situated at the heart of the country where accidents along the major highways often occur, hence the need for it to be fully equipped.
“Kwekwe District Hospital is located in an agro-mining environment where work-related injuries are common. Its location close to the Highway also results in the hospital responding to a huge number of traffic accident-related injuries. It is under such a background that Kwekwe District Hospital requires tools of the trade and adequate infrastructure to provide quality health services,” she said.
Amai Mnangagwa said Government was willing to enter into public private partnerships with the corporate world in bid to improve the country’s health delivery system.
“It’s under these public private health partnerships that Zimasco and Sable Chemicals took advantage of to refurbish this hospital. With this approach in mind, Kwekwe District Hospital partnered with these local firms and set up a state of the art private ward which will be used to mobilise resource and 70 percent of the proceeds will be used to upgrade this institution.” she said.
The First Lady said there were a lot of other public private partnerships that were open at Kwekwe District Hospital that the corporate organisations could take up to further improve the health care at the institution. She challenged other organisations to emulate Zimasco and Sable Chemicals by entering into partnerships with the hospital so as to improve the health care at the institution.
“I am challenging other corporate organisations to emulate the generosity and humility displayed by Sable Chemicals and Zimasco to this hospital. Sable Chemicals refurbished private ward turning it into a state of the art modern facility. Zimasco, I also want to thank you for renovating the maternity ward, it’s a critical area as well, we all know that we passed through that section at some stage in life,” she said.