By ZBC Reporter
President Emmerson Mnangagwa says no citizen will be left behind in terms of access to quality health care.
He gave the assurance while unveiling the Great Zimbabwe University Simon Mazorodze School of Medical and Health Sciences foundation stone in Masvingo this Friday.
The setting up of the medical school and hospital in Masvingo is a welcome development and dovetails with the devolution and decentralisation agenda being championed by my government. The medical and health sciences school will go a long way in bridging the gap between the rural and urban health care system, he said.
He urged GZU to ensure the infusion of the country’s rich cultural heritage in all innovations and academic research generated at the medical school.
The construction of this medical school is taking place during a time that Covid-19 pandemic us wreaking havoc in the country and the world at large. The pandemic has taught us many lessons among them the need to re-look at our health infrastructure and other ancillaries. It has brought about focus and urgency to our national training strategy of medical personnel the development of infrastructure and the pharmaceutical value chain, he added.
The President applauded the university for naming the facility after the second Minister of Health in independent Zimbabwe, Cde Simon Charles Mazorodze, with wife to the late nationalist Cde Alice Mazorodze expressing gratitude for the honour.
The vision and mission of the new medical school is unique for its emphasis on indigenous herbs and medicines.
In terms of the structure the physical part is done. What’s left is the equipment. As you heard there are so many departments of anatomy and physiology and pharmacology etc. We expect that by the end of the year the equipment will be here we are hoping that next year we will be operational to start teaching here as we also continue construction of other departments, said GZU Council Chairman Professor Mandivamba Rukuni
The project is in line with the education 5.0 model which focuses on the delivery of a higher and tertiary education system that generates knowledge for the production of goods and services.