MSU National Pathology Research And Diagnostic Centre to improve health ecosystem – ED

By Justin Mahlahla

The National Pathology Research and Diagnostic Centre opened today is part of the Second Republic’s efforts to scale up the provision of quality health services for the citizens and realise Universal Health Coverage, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.

Officially opening the centre at the Midlands State University in Gweru this Friday, President Mnangagwa said the Centre further highlights his Administration’s determination to address the shortage of local pathologists by creating such specialist training programmes.

“The equipping and modernisation of our laboratories and medical facilities throughout the country are set to result in a contemporary and well-resourced health ecosystem. Ultimately, our policies in the health sector must see Zimbabwe becoming a medical tourism hub.

“I invite the private sector to complement the policies of the Second Republic by partnering with the Midlands State University and other institutions of higher learning to develop home grown solutions. These must see the improved health and well-being of our people, in line with the aspirations articulated in the National Development Strategy and our national Vision 2030,” he said.

President Mnangagwa commended the commitment and dedication of the MSU Vice Chancellor and his staff, complemented by the whole of Government approach, for completing the facility in record time.

The new Centre is set to increase access to pathology and diagnostic services to a cross-section of people in the Midlands and indeed throughout the country.

“It will also support and inform affordable quality medical and laboratory practice.

I exhort Midlands State University to provide appropriate and holistic complementary services to develop competent pathology practitioners able to manage complex laboratory functions. It is encouraging that pathologists at this Centre will establish research in partnership with other medical institutions from across the World,” added President Mnangagwa.

He said partnerships in disciplines such as Biomedical Engineering; Bio-pharmaceuticals , Medical Bio-technology and Vaccinology will undoubtedly enhance national competencies in these fields.

“As you do so, I urge you as a University to foster research and innovation, leveraging on our rich natural resources and cultural heritage. I, therefore, challenge the University and its stakeholders to make concerted plans to grow this facility to become a regional centre of excellence. To this end, the appropriate, leadership, mentorship, training, examination and accreditation must be pursued towards the churning out of clinicians who meet world class standards.”

The President said the establishment of the Centre is envisaged to stimulate the local manufacturing of laboratory reagents and point of care devices, adding, “In view of present and future disease threats, I exhort the University to move swiftly to speedily develop and grow high-end capabilities for disease surveillance, control and prevention. On its part, rest assured that my Government is committed to provide the requisite material and financial resources for the success of this initiative and similar medical facilities.”

He pledged Government’s continued capacitation of universities and other institutions of higher learning to actualise teaching, research, community engagement, innovation and industrialisation as articulated in the Education 5.0.