Public private partnerships critical in improving health delivery system

By Kenias Chivuzhe, Manicaland Bureau Chief

Private medical practitioners have been implored to take advantage of investment opportunities to increase indigenous investments in the health sector and provide a reference point for the model to be replicated across all sectors on the economy.

The health sector is at the centre of national development, with involvement of both the private sector and government critical in improving the health delivery system that should see local medical practitioners being pacesetters in growing the medical industry.

This was the message by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, who graced the Medical and Dental Private Practitioners of Zimbabwe Association annual conference this Saturday evening in Mutare, where she implored medical practitioners to take advantage of huge investment potential in the health sector.

“We need to come together and partner to combine policy direct ion with capital, corporate experience and management acumen. But as government, our door is open. We are introducing telemedicine. You may know that government is currently running trials of technologies in this area, so you need to ride on the back of these efforts. I hope some of you will participate in these trials because going forward, there is huge investment potential in merging health delivery with technology,” she said.

She added that government stands ready to assist medical practitioners who want to invest in the health sector with efforts also being scaled up to attract investments from Zimbabweans in the diaspora.

“Among the deliverables contained in the National Health Strategy are issues to do with, increased domestic funding for health, improved health infrastructure and medical equipment for health services delivery and improved access to essential medicines, among others. On this front, we expect that you will come forward with sound proposals which seek to address these concerns.

“In terms of structures for investment in the health sector, government is open for business. In your case, there is a lot of investment in the health sector. Just recently, cabinet resolved to create VAT and tax holidays for diaspora investors in the health sector along, with other sweeteners. This followed in the wake of President Mnangagwa’s engagement with the diaspora community in Glasgow, in Dubai and recently in Mozambique, where diasporans pleaded for a conducive investment climate in the health sector.”

The medical practitioners assured government of their support highlighting that the response to and the successful management of the COVID-19 pandemic is testimony to the success story of a united front.

Dr Johannes Marisa, President of the Medical and Dental Private Practitioners of Zimbabwe Association, noted, “I am proud to say that we managed COVID-19 better than all the Western countries that you would want to think of. Zimbabwe has one of the best medical practitioners in the world. We stood firm and managed to contain COVID-19. We appreciate what government did and we were guided by government which opened COVID-19 management to all practitioners.”

In the spirit of ‘Nyika Inovakwa Nevene Vayo – The Country is Built By Its People’, the  government is committed to removing all investment barriers under the servant leadership approach being advanced by the Second Republic.