Government on Wednesday received 63 neonatal resuscitation kits from Nestle Nutrition Institution Africa which will help reduce neonatal mortality rate.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
In a speech read on his behalf by Principal Director Preventive Services Dr Gibson Mhlanga Health and Childcare minister David Parirenyatwa said the kits will help tackle neo-natal mortality.
“It is my pleasure and singular honor to be officiating at this important event where we are here to witness the handover of 63 neonatal resuscitation kits from Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa. This signifies great private sector support aimed at reducing the national neonatal morbidity and mortality rates.
“The main causes of Neonatal mortality in Zimbabwe include complications of prematurity, Birth Asphyxia and Sepsis, and this donated equipment will go a long way in addressing one of those conditions namely Birth Asphyxia,” he said.
The kits worth $7000 are for training district healthcare professionals.
“We would like to thank the Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa for heeding our call and providing 63 neonatal resuscitation kits valued at USD$7000 to be used for the training of Healthcare Professionals at each district hospital nationwide,” he said.
Dr Parirenyatwa said Zimbabwe needs to focus more on reducing neonatal deaths.
“In Zimbabwe, according to our Demographic Health survey, the current Neonatal mortality rate is 29 per 1000 live births. We have a long way to go, but we believe that through such private sector support as we are witnessing today, the target can be achieved,” he said.
He said Private Public Partnerships are important in bring down neonatal deaths.
“Zimbabwe as a Nation, in line with the global goals, needs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 3 target, which states that all countries should aim to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births, by 2030.
” To achieve that target as a country, it requires strong public private partnerships. Partnerships and mutual cooperation allow for sharing of knowledge, expertise, technology and financial support,” Dr Parirenyatwa said.
Nestle Nutrition Institute Africa Board Member Ms Irene Sambo said, “This donation will boost available material to ensure effective training for Healthcare Professionals. This will help to reduce neonatal mortality in Zimbabwe which currently stands at 29 per 1000.”