Zim to set up three oxygen plants in Mozambique

By Abigirl Tembo

STATE-owned entity Verify Engineering is set to build three oxygen plants in Mozambique after this week’s visit to Zimbabwe by Mozambican Minister of Health Dr Armindo Tiago.

The oxygen plants to be set up in three Mozambican provinces including Tete, Manica and Sofara come after President Emmerson Mnangagwa donated 150 tonnes of medical oxygen to Mozambique.

The Mozambican delegation, which was led by that country’s Minister of Health, bade farewell to Acting President General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga at his Munhumutapa offices in Harare this Friday, with promises of further cooperation in the health sector.

“We were impressed with what we saw and we are looking forward to furthering corporation with our sister country Zimbabwe, but the first port of call will be the setting up of the three oxygen plants in Mozambique,” said Dr Tiago.

Acting President Gen (Retd) Chiwenga stressed the importance of regional cooperation in various sectors.

“Let me underscore the need for enhanced collaboration between our two countries in the production and marketing of manufacturing and pharmaceutical products for both regional and international markets. We revamp the training which was taking place between our two countries. More importantly, is medical tourism. We should be able to develop our medical infrastructure so that we can treat our people. We are the ones who are responsible for building our own country,” he said.

The delegation was seen off by senior government officials, with the Acting Minister of Health and Child Care Professor Amon Murwira, highlighting that Zimbabwe’s innovation and industrial drive is on course.

“This is a real show of confidence in our engineering and also in the relationship of Mozambique and Zimbabwe so we are also looking forward to Verify Engineering to now roll out this programme as soon as it is technically possible. This also means that our innovation and industrial drive is beginning to bear fruit,” said Prof Murwira.

Besides the 150 tonnes of medical oxygen, Zimbabwe also donated PCR machines and consumables worth 149 thousand United States dollars which came from the private sector, while Mozambique donated 6 thousand 266 packs of a TB drug Isoniazid.