THE United Arab Emirates (UAE) Government has pledged to build a pharmaceutical plant in the country.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
This was said by UAE Ambassador to South Africa and Zimbabwe Mahash Saeed Alhameli at the handover of medical equipment at NatPharm in Harare on Thursday.
“We are here for the handover in Harare and also to other hospitals. This equipment is short term. The worth of this equipment is US$2 million. It covered the equipment needed and the maintenance.
“And our plan also is to supply the government with medicine in Harare and to see whether can have a medicine factory within Zimbabwe. This is coming from our leadership of UAE and also from our strategy of ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation since 2017 we launched a strategy and a plan to help a country in need of support.
“This is also part of our UAE government support friendly nations and of course the majority of African nations,” he said.
Officiating the handover, President Emmerson Mnangagwa thanked the benefactors for the donation.
“It is with great pleasure and honor that I address you again here to hand over yet another batch of hospital medical equipment, this time from the United Arab Emirates.
“Allow me on behalf of the government and the people of Zimbabwe, and on my own behalf, to express our heartfelt gratitude to His Highness, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, of the United Arab Emirates for the timely generous donation towards the resuscitation of our health delivery system.
“This donation follows a request I made to His Highness, the Crown Prince during my visit to the UAE early this year. The consignment consists of medical equipment and surgical sundries,” said the President.
He also expressed gratitude for the pharmaceutical plant to be set up by the UAE government.
“I am also happy that His Highness the crown prince of Abu Dhabi is willing to establish a pharmaceutical plant in Zimbabwe in order to manufacture the drugs we need,” he said.
Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said these donations go a long way in healthcare staff motivation.