Sleiman Timios Kwidini

HEALTH and Child Care deputy minister, Sleiman Timios Kwidini say the country’s health delivery system is facing a myriad of challenges including limited fiscal space and skills flight, among others.

He was speaking yesterday on behalf of Health minister Douglas Mombeshora at a hand over ceremony of medical equipment by the Japanese embassy at Gweru Provincial Hospital.

Kwidini, however, said the ministry had a an obligation to ensure the country attains a middle-income status by 2030 despite challenges bedevilling the health sector.

“This is not an insurmountable task and quality healthcare is mandatory if we are to reach our goals,” Kwidini said.

He hailed the collaboration with Japan in ensuring that Zimbabweans continue to access primary healthcare services.

“Gweru Provincial Hospital is a shining example of the excellent collaboration between Zimbabwe and Japan.

“I note and appreciate the support you gave to our central and provincial hospitals of medical equipment to the tune of US$6 500 000.

Japanese ambassador to Zimbabwe, Shinichi Yamanaka, said the medical equipment would allow patients, some of whom have been on waiting lists, to finally get treatment.

 “More patients are able to be treated for their conditions, and they are much happier with the quality of health service delivery provided. They don’t have to wait so long to be treated. And staff are happier too with the improved working environments,” he said.

The Japan International Co-operation Agency, an implementing agency of the Japanese official development aid is targeting  13 central and provincial hospitals in the country to ensure easy access to primary healthcare services. — NewsDay

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