Zim considers Dubai partnership in setting up mobile clinics

By Abigirl Tembo

Health Editor

THE Government is considering partnering with a Dubai ambulance manufacturing company for the production and setting up of mobile clinics.

The idea of mobile health centres in Zimbabwe might soon become a reality after the health delegation visited an ambulance manufacturing company in Dubai this Thursday.

“As Zimbabwe we have a programme of making health accessible to our people along the highways. Cabinet approved that per distance, we must have a mobile health station so we came here to NAFFCO which is specialising in clinics, ambulances and modular buildings which are very important for the mobile provision of health services,” said Professor Amon Murwira, the Acting Minister of Health and Child Care.

“What we have seen here is that sterling work that is happening at NAFFCO is world-class work that is happening in terms of health provision. As a government, we are interested in this kind of work. As we go to discuss with NAFFCO we will be discussing the areas of interest and hammer the details.”

The tourism sector is also convinced that ambulances will come in handy.

“Within our wildlife sector, we have issues to do with wildlife-human conflict whereby our communities are being affected by wildlife and they don’t get treated on time so these mobile ambulances within our wildlife sector will help so much,” said Honourable Barbra Rwodzi, the Deputy Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry.

“We also have our high-end clients who would live to see our animals but they worry a lot what will happen to them if by mistake they are attacked by animals so this will indeed come in handy.”

The company, NAFFCO expressed its willingness to work with Zimbabwe in the health care sector.

“We want to work hand in hand to advance the health care sector in Zimbabwe and also to have one vision that is protecting people, protecting lives in Zimbabwe. What we can provide is all kinds of customised products from ambulances to mobile clinics,” said Engineer Huthaifa Hamidi.

Zimbabwe is confident that Expo 2020 Dubai is an opportunity to form synergies that will improve the country’s health delivery system.