By Abigirl Tembo
THE Second Republic has made significant strides in developing health infrastructure ranging from construction of new facilities to rehabilitation of existing infrastructure.
Since 2018, various stakeholders including government, rural district councils, legislators, church organisations, the Zimbabwe National Army and Air Force of Zimbabwe, among others, have been working round the clock to improve the country’s health infrastructure.
This has resulted in the construction of 47 heath facilities across the country which include Danangwe clinic in Chegutu, Stoneridge in Harare, Jona and Mlotshwa clinic in Gwanda, Nkayi’s Simbo clinic, Checheche clinic in Chipinge and Bikita’s Mupamaonde clinic among others.
To ensure local health standards match best international practice, government under the National Development Strategy One has so far completed 94 projects which include refurbishment of old Mutare Mission Hospital, construction of maternity waiting homes in Rambanepasi, Chawatama and Chiweshe as well as the renovation of Murewa, Mutoko, Kotwa and Mahusekwa District hospitals.
According to the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care Dr John Mangwiro, the aim is to match international standards.
“We are in the process of making sure that all Zimbabweans have access to health care and medicines within the range of 5km. Each district must have a hospital, on top of the Central hospitals we are also aiming for the quinery level hospital, one is being built here already. We definitely want to be able to do everything that any country can do including transplants by the time we reach 2030,” said Dr Mangwiro.
Government has other ongoing projects, with the most notable being the Lupane Provincial hospital which is nearing completion.
One thousand and 74 health facilities have now been solarised across the country, while 201 boreholes have been sunk at health facilities.
The Second Republic has gone into overdrive in improving the health sector, with over 100 ambulances being added to the existing fleet.