EIGHT international companies have submitted their bids to turn public health institutions in Zimbabwe into super-specialist hospitals, a Cabinet official said on Thursday.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
Giving his debut Zimbabwe Medical Association Annual Congress official address, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said the international companies are eager to take up the task of revamping the hospitals. He said he wants the country to have super-specialist hospitals with Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals undergoing some upgrades.
“And Im happy ladies and gentlemen to advise that as I am addressing you right now, this exercise has already gathered momentum with one of our major referral hospitals at advanced stage.
“That is Parirenyatwa. We have had eight international companies who have submitted their bids. The destination of Zimbabwe is still good and safe,” the Minister said.
The Health Minister also said the arrangements with international investors will enable government to, “spruce up the hospitals, bring in equipment, create theatres which have robotics, robotic instruments, ensure there is continuous availability of medicines, improve the diagnostics and radiology and ensuring that our workers are working in a conducive environment.”
Dr Moyo said his Ministry wants to form private and public partnerships to improve hospital infrastructure.
“To this effect my Ministry has invited local and international investors we may partner in our institutions towards the revival of our institutions. The model adopted by my ministry is one where the investor spruces up infrastructure through rehabilitation of infrastructure and equipment on a build operate and transfer basis,” he said adding that the same arrangement can be done on a small scale.
With VIPs and top figures seeking treatment abroad, Dr Moyo said they are working intensely in ensuring that the superspecialist hospitals will treat them locally.
“But the vision of the ministry is to have super specialist hospitals with all the equipment andinfrastructure so that all our patients,the VIPs are treated locally,” he said.