The Herald (PC) conducted an interview with Health Minister, Dr. Obadiah Moyo (Dr. Moyo) to understand the recently announced intended massive rehabilitation programme of public health institutions.
PC: What do you seek to achieve with these Joint Venture Partnerships?
Dr Moyo: We want to make sure that the health facility is of very high quality, providing first-class services. We want to make sure that our customers are accessing affordable services within easy reach, making sure that all the facilities are well rehabilitated. Our facilities have sat for a long time without any major rehabilitation. At the same time, we need to replenish all the institutions with medicines so that it makes sense. We want to make sure that our facilities are not death-traps, they are hygienic and that they are clean facilities.
However, for us to be able to tackle all these problems as a Government and on our own, we cannot be able to fulfil it that’s why you hear the “Zimbabwe is open for business” mantra and it also includes the health industry. We want investors in the health industry to come and provide services, to come and invest and be able to institute higher levels of management in terms of patient care in our institutions. We want to be able to come up with super specialist hospitals and ensure that we do not send people out of Zimbabwe for specialist treatments but that everything is done locally, here in Zimbabwe.
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We have to look for partners who have the capability- the financial capability and the general know-how and can be able to impart medical knowledge to our people.
So it’s not just a matter of partners for the sake of partners, its partners who have the capability to train our people who can be able to set up all the relevant high-quality care parameters within our institutions.
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