President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday handed over a batch of medical equipment which to central hospitals. The equipment included infant incubators and resuscitators for the neonatal intensive care unit, multi-parameter monitors for adults and paediatrics, operating theatre tables (electric and hydraulic), portable electroencephalography machine, respiratory aid ventilator, and video endoscopy, gastroscopy and colonoscopy sets.
The development comes three months after his meeting with senior doctors at the Statehouse where they presented to him the sorry state of affairs of the public health delivery system.
The president also handed over intensive care unit ventilators for adults and paediatrics, mobile X-ray machines and anaesthetic machines.
Officially handing over the equipment, Mnangagwa said:
The doctors came to State House and explained their working conditions. The conditions of service, the equipment, the tools of their trade. I really felt sympathetic.
So, I promised them that despite the lack of resources, I will do my best to source the equipment you want. You submit your list and indeed they did so. This is less than three months ago.
I am glad to say in excess of 85 percent of what they requested has so far been purchased and the first phase of the equipment is the one displayed here. More than what we have is still coming.
Mnangagwa said that the doctors should be thanked for their courageous gesture, which has resulted in all central hospitals benefiting. He also said that revamping the health sector needs to be the government’s priority since it is important to everyone.
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