Govt to continue striving for affordable and accessible healthcare – President

By ZBC Reporter

President Mnangagwa says government will continue to implement comprehensive reforms in the health sector to ensure access and affordability of health care.

He said this when he handed over the Stoneridge Health Centre to the Harare South community this afternoon.

“I am honoured to officiate at this ceremony marking the handing over of the state-of-the-art Stoneridge Health Centre as well as 40 ambulances and an assortment of medical equipment. Since the advent of the Second Republic, my Government is implementing comprehensive reforms within our country’s health delivery system to enhance access to and affordability of health care,” he said.

The President noted that following the negative and deleterious impact of the illegal economic sanctions on all socio-economic spheres, including in the health sector, the handover of the health centre is most opportune as his Administration continues to accelerate its quest to realise Universal Health Coverage.

“The construction of this clinic was made possible by the public private partnership between the Government of Zimbabwe and the Britain-based NMS Infrastructure LTD signed in 2019. I therefore direct the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works to speedily ensure that the Stoneridge community has access to quality services in line with my Government’s development philosophy of leaving no one and no place behind.”

President Mnangagwa, who was accompanied by Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Constantino Chiwenga and other government ministers and officials, said the timely completion of the Stoneridge clinic by NMS Infrastructure Limited will go a long way towards servicing the people of Harare South and surrounding communities.

The project is being run under an estimated $210 million investment by the Ministry of Health and Child Care, in collaboration with NMS Infrastructure.

The first phase of the investment project will deliver four by 20-bed health centres, whole phase two will deliver twenty-six by 20-bed health centres as well as five by 60-bed district hospitals.